Highland farmers in Catmon town received on June 20 veterinary services for their livestock. Around 400 cattle and carabaos in Barangay Agsuwao received doses of vitamins, dewormer, and vaccines.
The farmers were very happy that the government is working for the welfare of their livestock.
“Importante man gud ni kay ang usa panginabuhian diri mao ang pagpamuhig mga hayop (This is very important because raising livestock is one way for us to earn income,” said Agsuwao Barangay Kagawad Ramil Juban who also raised cattle for trade.
Juban said they have been asking the province through the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office to conduct veterinary outreach every year in their barangay.
Most of the cattle and carabaos in the barangay are already a product of cross breeding. This was introduced through the Artificial Insemination (AI) program of the Cebu Provincial Government.
Juban thanked Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III for sending the free services to their barangay, which is located 18 kilometers from the national highway.
“Malipay mig dako nga unta dili lang karon hangtod pa sa sunod nga katuigan nga mintras siya pa ang nagdala sa probinsya iya ning mapadayon ang pagpalambo sa atong panginabuhian ug kaumahan (We will be happy if the governor will continue to improve our livestock in the coming years as long as he is still the governor of the province), he added.
In a related development, Davide has initiated a program to expand the Capitol’s assistance to livestock farmers with special focus on dairy production. The program is called Cebu Dairy Development Program.
As one component of the program, Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said the NDA already agreed to provide the Capitol dairy animal semen for free.
The Capitol has already prepared an additional 20 nitrogen mother tanks, which will be used to preserve the frozen semen from NDA.