Fifty hectares of land are now undergoing pasture development in Brgy. Sta. Rosa, Murcia town, Negros Occidental, for the plantation of napier grass to provide fiber supplement for livestock animals, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.
The pasture development started last week and is expected to be finished late this month and will be safely guarded in the next four months to grow the napier, Decena said.
He said June or July will be the time for the transfer of dairy cattle, Brahman, sheep, and swine multipliers from Sagay farm to Sta. Rosa farm.
More swine breeders
seek BAI accreditation
More swine breeder farms in the country are seeking Bureau of Animal Industry accreditation to ensure genetic quality of great grandparent and grandparent stocks they produce and to gain extra marketing edge, a government press release said.
Latest available BAI data show the number of accredited swine breeders nationwide more than doubled from 10 farms in 2003 to 26 farms as of Nov. 10 last year.
"We welcome this development and hope more swine breeders will seek accreditation to assure stock quality and to avoid spread of swine diseases," said BAI Farm Accreditation and Regulatory Services Section Officer-in-Charge Marilou Nuestro.
PVO to give out tricycles
The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office will give out 10 motorcycles with sidecars later this month to remote barangays in selected towns to mobilize animal health extension services, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.
The 10 tricycles that cost P985,000 were purchased from a local manufacturer in Bacolod City, Decena said.
Provincial Livestock Coordinator Cathyrine Narez said the PVO will turn them over during the quarterly meeting of city veterinarians and provincial livestock inspectors.