The Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) says the government is responding to the need to invest in a breeding program for cattle to uplift the lives of smallholder farmers. BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar said that 92% of the stakeholders in the cattle-raising business own just one or two animals. “We need to look for possibilities to enhance their competitiveness through technology and one of this is the commercialization program of the Braunvieh cattle breed,” Mr Eleazar said. Under this program, he said, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is importing Braunvieh cattle semen from Switzerland which will produce dual purpose calves both for beef and dairy. This will enable crossbreeding of the Braunvieh Swiss breed with locally available cattle breeds. It will bring down the cost of producing offspring of superior breeds by replacing the more expensive system of importing cattle for breeding or for dairy use.
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