By Rebecca Grace S. David
The Department of Agriculture’s Regional Livestock Division maintains multiplier farms and livestock production centers to improve the reproductive potential of local breed of small and large animals.
The DA maintains a multiplier farm in Central Luzon, where 41 purebred sheep have produced 22 offsprings, of which eight have been given to farmers.
Over the past seven months, the breeders in their livestock production centers consisted of 60 head of goat, 47 sheep, 43 swine, 246 chicken and 84 ducks.
Some 2,305 offsprings of their chicken and 192 head of goats and sheep have been distributed to farmer-beneficiaries.
Artificial insemination has also been done on 2,462 cattle, 4,351 carabaos, 1,300 swine and 64 goats. From these inseminated animals were produced upgraded breed of 1,118 cattle, 1,507 carabaos, 9,236 swine and 79 goats.
DA Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said to rid and control animal diseases, animal vaccination, deworming, and treatment were administered on dogs, swine, sheep, goats, carabaos, and cattle. This
is aside from the laboratory testing of 1,107 sick animals to determine their illness.
The DA also conducted meat processing seminars where the participants included 640 wives, out-of-school youth, persons with disabilities and members of cooperatives. (CLJD/RGSD-PIA3)