Im­prov­ing cat­tle in­dus­try thru ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion pushed

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nary Of­fice (PVO) of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and United Cat­tle Raisers As­so­ci­a­tion in Ne­gros and Visayas (Ucrain-v) are bank­ing on ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion (AI) to boost the lo­cal cat­tle in­dus­try.

They are push­ing for the use of AI as a breed­ing method to ac­cel­er­ate ge­netic im­prove­ment and pro­duc­tion of cat­tle in the province.

The mea­sure is also po­si­tioned to help ad­dress the coun­try’s dwin­dling cat­tle pop­u­la­tion.

PVO and Ucrain-v, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Bureau of An­i­mal In­dus­try (BAI), con­ducted a sem­i­nar-demon­stra­tion on proper se­men han­dling, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, stor­age and man­age­ment at the Ne­gros First Ranch (NFR) in Mur­cia town re­cently.

The ac­tiv­ity is aimed at en­hanc­ing the skills of tech­ni­cians to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of AI as a breed­ing tech­nique for a higher rate of preg­nancy.

It was at­tended by AI tech­ni­cians from dif­fer­ent lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS) and Ucrainv mem­bers, who are ac­tively in­volved in cat­tle breed­ing and beef pro­duc­tion in the province.

Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena said that in sup­port to AI as a breed­ing ini­tia­tive, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has es­tab­lished a Liq­uid Ni­tro­gen (LN2) pro­duc­tion plant at the NFR last year.

De­cena said the plant has a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 50-kilo­gram per day which now caters the needs of the breed­ers for se­men preser­va­tion.

“Also, the NFR will soon op­er­ate the se­men pro­cess­ing plant which will serve as the source of se­men from var­i­ous cat­tle breeds for AI pro­grams of the province un­der its an­i­mal ge­netic im­prove­ment ini­tia­tive,” he added.

The pro­vin­cial vet­eri­nar­ian said the re-tool­ing of AI tech­ni­cians is in prepa­ra­tion for a more in­tense cat­tle breed­ing drive this year es­pe­cially once the Pro­vin­cial Se­men Pro­cess­ing Fa­cil­ity be­comes op­er­a­tional.

It tar­gets to cater both small and com­mer­cial cat­tle raisers, De­cena said.

“The fa­cil­ity will en­able the province to have its own source of frozen se­men from su­pe­rior cat­tle breeds like An­gus, Wagyu and Brah­man, among oth­ers,” he added.*

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

RE­SOURCE per­son Dr. Jur­gen Wum­mel (fourth from left) of Sachssen Wasser with the par­tic­i­pants from Ba­colod City Wa­ter Dis­trict and team from As­so­ci­a­tion of Ne­gros Pro­duc­ers dur­ing the four-day train­ing on cus­tomer re­la­tions at Seda Capi­tol Cen­tral in Ba­colod City un­til Fri­day.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

LLOYD San­tos (se­cond from right), re­source per­son from the Bureau of An­i­mal In­dus­try, re­ceives the cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena (se­cond from left) with Dr. Del Ma­gal­lanes and Manny Dell­eva of United Cat­tle Raisers As­so­ci­a­tion in Ne­gros and Visayas dur­ing the sem­i­nar on ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion at the Ne­gros First Ranch in Mur­cia re­cently.

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