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HomePhilippine Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciencesvol. 33 no. 1 (2007)

Barangay Goat Breeder Farms In Selected Areas in Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan

Edgar A. Orden | E.m. Cruz | M.e.m. Orden | A.s. Galamgam | P.q.s. Delos Reyes

Discipline: Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science

 

Abstract:

This paper assessed the socio-economic impact of small-scale goat breeder farms on the animals and farmers in the community. The Small Ruminant Center at Central Luzon State University established small-scale goat breeder farms in selected barangays of Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan to provide quality stocks and showcase its economic viability. Eight farmers were selected based on the number of does raised, their willingness, level of knowledge and capability to implement the recommended goat production technologies. They were provided with bucks (Anglo Nubian x Boer) and divided into two groups; Group l-raising native does and Group 2-upgraded does. The Crop-Animal System Research Network's (CASREN) participatory modalities were adopted to ensure proper fit between project interventions and the needs and preferences of the farmers. After two years, 355 progenies were produced that resulted to a tremendous increase in animal holdings among adopters. Birth weight of these kids was 2.80 kg in Group 1 and 3.34 kg in Group 2. These animals reached desired size and sexual maturity at 7-8 months old. Better growth rates were attained in Group 2 whose maternal exotic blood line was higher. The project was able to reach out to farmers and provide quality animals at a more affordable price. Moreover, farmers generated more income by producing quality animals that could accelerate genetic progress.