NegOcc will use artificial insemination to boost beef production
CITY OF BACOLOD – The Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental (PVO) and the Association of United Breeders of Negros and Visayas (UCRAIN-V) will use artificial insemination (AI) to stimulate beef production.
Provincial veterinarian Renante Decena said on Monday that AI, as a breeding method, can speed up genetic improvement and cattle production in the province and also help cope with the country’s declining cattle population.
He added that they are re-equipping AI technicians to prepare for a more intense cattle ranching campaign this year once the provincial semen processing facility at Negros First Ranch (NFR) in the town of Murcia will begin operations.
Technicians from various local government units and pastoralists actively involved in cattle breeding and beef production recently attended a demonstration seminar on the proper handling, identification, storage and management of semen with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
Participants improved their skills to improve the effectiveness of AI as a reproductive technique for a higher pregnancy rate.
To support AI as a breeding initiative, the provincial government last year established a liquid nitrogen (LN2) production plant at the Murcia ranch.
Decena said the plant has a production capacity of 50 kilograms per day, which meets the needs of breeders for semen storage.
“The NFR will soon be operating the semen processing plant which will serve as a source of semen for various breeds of cattle for the province’s AI programs as part of its animal genetic improvement initiative,” he said. declared.
Decena noted that thanks to the facility, Negros Occidental will have its own source of frozen sperm from superior cattle breeds like Angus, Wagyu and Brahman.
“It will appeal to both small and commercial breeders,” added the PVO chief.(ANP)