In the Cordillera region, DA is all set for implementation of the 5 – year dairy development project at its Baguio Animal Breeding and Research Center (BABRC), formerly the Baguio Dairy Farm .
BABRC Dairy Development Assistant Project Manager Dr. Leisley Deligen disclosed in a kapihan forum that the groundwork for such initiative is ongoing in time for the delivery of the 100 heads of pregnant purebred (Holstein – Friesian) from Australia by October, which will be the base cattle stock for the project.
Through such initiative, future dairy production for the center is estimated at 1.29 liters of milk per year and exploration of potential markets and development of marketing strategies shall be done, he stressed.
Deligen also shared that aside from putting in the needed infrastructures, they are now working into potting of planting materials (nursery), maintenance of existing forages and feed sourcing, and disinfection and scheduling of resting period for the cattle barn to ensure the good health status of the incoming cattle stock.
For the dairy development project, key components include program for daily farm operations management, research and development, extension service and marketing aspect, he added.
The BABRC has been operating on animal breeding and dairy production and has also been providing assistance (cattle dispersal and provision of training) to farmers’ groups in the region where cattle raising and dairy production is viable.
As part of the DA – CAR’s 31st foundation anniversary, media practitioners were given a tour of the BABRC and briefing on the programs and services that the center offers. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR with Zoe Ramores/UP Baguio Intern)
By Carlito C. Dar