Thursday, July 10, 2014

How local crops can end malnutrition

MANILA, Philippines – The vegetables and other crops people grow in their backyards might be the answer to ending malnutrition in their local communities.
The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), recently concluded its test production of complementary food using locally-available ingredients.

According to the World Health Organization, this is used to provide nutrients to children, especially when breastfeeding no longer meets the required nutritents intake.
Supervising Science Research Specialist Joyce Tobias said that the expensive imported fortified complementary food used by the WFP pushed them to find another option.
Mahal ang imported kaya hindi advisable na laging iyon ang gamitin,” she explained. (It’s not advisable to always use imported food because they’re expensive.)
The new complementary food costs only P7 per sachet and P75 per pep bottle. A pack already contains more than half of the nutrient requirements of a child per day.

Our backyard can do a lot of things aside from growing local crops. It is also very useful in raising live stocks such as chickens, goats, pigs and even backyard cattle raising can also be done.

Of course a proper handling should be done or else the vegetables and other crops would end up being consumed by farm animals :).
 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Raising Cattle - All You Need To Know To Be Successful In Rearing Cattle?

There are many things that you can do to earn significant profit with farming activities and one of these is cattle farming, which is also known as the process of rearing cattle. Raising cattle basically means keeping cattle, which includes different kinds of beasts of burden such as cows, oxen, and sheep for production of milk and meat. Many cattle farmers engage in this because the industry is profitable, progressive, and the work to be done isn't as rigorous and demanding as other farming activities. If you're interested in learning about the different aspects of cattle farming, this article should be your first step to getting a clear idea of what you're getting into.

When cattle farming, one of the most important objectives is to determine what produce you are going to supply by breeding and raising your herd. Referring to many cattle farmers, raising cattle for their meat is a lot simpler as likened to other types of cattle such as dairy. You as the cattle farmer will instantly receive income once the cows have been sold for slaughtering and/or bought for breeding purposes.

Another important factor to rearing cattle is the choice of cattle breed, and in most parts of the country, these are the most popular:

o Droughtmaster

o Local Indian Dairy

o Friesian-Sahiwal Cross

o Brahman

o K-K (Kedah Kelantan)

As you go along, you will discover many books that will teach you the basic and advanced tips and strategies on how to effectively breed and rear cattle for profit. This means learning the basics on how to raise cattle, how to breed cattle, and even how to sell cattle to either corporations or direct consumers. All in all, you need to have a stable and solid business plan when dealing with business transactions to be able to receive profit worthy enough of your efforts and investments.

Hence, what do you require to do in order to successfully raise cattle? You need to have not only the animals but the equipment, the habitat, and the necessary medications in case something happens to any of the individual cows. Competencies on choosing and breeding is also important if you plan to raise a herd of high quality cattle. In order to do this, you need to balance selection of genetics with your hands-on skills in managing your very own herd. Once completed correctly and constantly, you will surely build a herd that many customers will keep an eye on to monitor.

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Masbate cattle raisers go organic


Masbate Cattle Raisers Go Organic

ROASTER Mary Jane Dalanon, one of the primary manufacturers of beef products in Masbate, with a roasted cow during the recent Rodeo MasbateƱo to showcase the quality of beef produced in Masbate province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Beef manufacturer Mary Jane Dalanon is curious about how the “new” Masbate cattle meat will taste compared with the beef she now processes to make her products.

Dalanon, 41, owner of the largest beef products store in Masbate province, usually buys native cattle from ranches in Masbate City and nearby towns because the organic farming techniques employed by farmers and cattle raisers give Masbate beef a distinct succulent taste.

Now that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has turned over a mini liquid nitrogen plant to the local government of Masbate, the businesswoman is anxious to know whether the cattle to be produced through artificial insemination (AI) will be of better quality than what Masbate farmers and cattle raisers produce. More than the prospect of a better income, her concern is getting the meat that will continue to meet consumers’ standards, she said.


City Mayor Rowena Tuason said the nitrogen plant would help ranch owners and cattle raisers to produce better quality beef by allowing them to store genetic material or semen that they selected from their best specimens for cattle breeding.
 

The P6.5-million facility at Masbate Fish Complex and Bus Terminal has begun selling buckets of liquid nitrogen worth P80 each to cattle raisers to store cattle semen in preparation for AI exclusively performed by city veterinarians.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Practice: High Efficiency Scraper for Cow Manure

Technical Description

The daily amount of feces and urine produced by a mature cow is about 8% of her body weight. Therefore, in a farm having 100 cows, the annual production of manure will be 2,000 tons per year. If this waste were washed and drained into the rivers and streams, it would not only need a lot of water, but would also cause a big pollution problem. However, the composition of cow manure is quite variable and very useful for the improvement of soil quality. The device designed here collects manure in a waterless and highly efficient way.

Uses and Merits

Overuse of chemical fertilizer will be detrimental to the capacity of the soil. At the same time, the disposal of fairy wastes directly by washing them into the river will result in serious environmental pollution. To collect the dairy wastes by using the devices described above will not only save water but will also ensure a clean farm. The utilization of used tires will reduce the space required for tire disposal. In addition, the undiluted manure will be an excellent source of organic fertilizer for improvement of soil quality.
The device was designed to be connected to a general loader. With a special rubber made from an old truck tire cut to shape, manure can be removed from the concrete floor. The scraper pushes and pulls as the loader moves in a fast and easy way. Also due to the flexibility of athe rubber part, the texture of the floor will not be damaged during manure collection.

Expert's Comments

This device, when used with well-designed manure storage and a spreading area on the farm, will greatly reduce the problem of farm waste. If the rain-drain of the pen is constructed with a separate draining system, the stored manure can be used in a more efficient way. The manure collection will be much more efficient if the runway in the housing area can be constructed with an appropriate width.

Location: Taiwan R.O.C

Livestock Expo 2015 - Better Than Ever!


http://www.livestockphilippines.com/

The Country's Offical Livestock Show Is Back And Better Than Ever!
   
Livestock Philippines 2013 scores another successful show as no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III opened the show to more than 5,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors from 20 countries.

As it runs from August 7 - 9, LIVESTOCK PHILIPPINES 2013 is now one of the springboards in establishing livestock business opportunities not just in the Philippines but throughout Asia.

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Promising outlook of cattle industry | Sun.Star

IN THE Philippines, the total cattle inventory as of January 2013 is only 2.497 million, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics.

The country's cattle holding provinces are Ilocos Region, 292,545 heads; Central Visayas (Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor), 272,307 heads; Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon, Camiguin, and Misamis), 271,700 heads; Western Visayas (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental), 254,573 heads; and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), 253,376.

Cattle raising in the country is predominantly a backyard endeavor.
About 93 percent (2.32 million) of the current population of cattle are
raised in backyard farms; only seven percent (174,547) are from
commercial farms. More on this article . . .



Source: Promising outlook of cattle industry | Sun.Star

DAto import Braunvieh cattle semen from Switzerland

This is an e-mail from (Agriculture and Fisheries Market Information System (AFMIS)) sent by Chito Relampagos (chitx2000@gmail.com). You may also find the following link interesting: http://afmis.da.gov.ph/index.php/component/content/article/401-da-to-import-braunvieh-cattle-semen-from-switzerland.html