Goat farming R&D efforts present promising results
So far, so good for the local goat farming sector!
In the 2015 annual report of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Manila Bulletin said that goat farming efforts for the past 2 years showed positive results.
To improve farmers’ knowledge, information, technologies on feeding, reproduction and health were organized into a non-threatening curriculum and fun lectures called the Farmer Livestock School on Goat Enterprise Management (FLS-GEM) which was intended to train goat farmers across the country from 2013 to 2015.
The results look very promising, especially for the development of Philippines’ goat farming industry.
The FLS-GEM effort alone raised conception rate from 75% to 87%. Kidding interval, on the other hand, was shortened from 9 months to 8 months. The mortality rate for pre-weaning dropped from 25% to 4.5% in the participating Regions 1, 2,3,8,10 and 12.
The artificial insemination (AI) delivery protocol was also discussed and introduced to provide farmers access to quality goat farming genetics, the report said.