Negros Occidental cattle population up 16.5%

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Friday, January 18, 2013


AN INCREASE of 16.5 percent in the dairy cattle population in Negros Occidental was noted by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) from January to December 2012.

Provincial dairy coordinator Saturnino Dayanan said that the milk production per cattle averages 8.2 liters per day, although the Sagay Dairy Farm has a higher daily output of 10 liters.

"The efficiency in milk production which gives additional income to many farmers and the rise of cattle population last year are clear indicators that prospects are better for the local dairy sector," Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said after reading the PVO report.

The governor earlier disclosed that Negros Occidental will host the National Dairy Congress and Expo on February 7 to 9, 2013 at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel. More than 400 industry players are expected to participate.

“The Dairycon 2013 is the right venue to show to the nation the gains of the Negros First! Food Security Program with the development of the cattle dairy industry as one of the major components,” Marañon said.

In January 2012, there were 1,072 heads of cattle per PVO inventory. The number rose to 1,249 dairy cattle at the end of the year.

As of December 31, there were 492 cows, 235 heifers, 155 bulls, 94 female yearlings, 99 male yearlings and 84 and 90 female and male calves, respectively.

In January 2012, there were only 422 cows, 181 heifers, 86 bulls, 105 and 53 female and male yearlings, respectively, and 124 female calves and 101 male calves, the PVO report added.

The active players in the provincial dairy industry are the Sagay Dairy Farm and the Buglas Agri-Ventures, the Negros Federation of Dairy Cooperatives comprised of 15 primary cooperatives with a total of 102 farmer-members, the LGM Agro-Farm and the local government unit-based breeding centers in Sipalay, Pontevedra, Kabankalan and La Carlota City, Decena said. (Teresa D. Ellera)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 18, 2013.

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