AI in carabaos continues in Palawan province

October 16, 2014 5:09 am 

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Oct. 15 (PNA) — In a bid to increase the population of domesticated animals like carabaos, the provincial government began conducting artificial insimination (AI) in carabaos in the towns of Rizal and Quezon in southern Palawan since Monday, October 13.

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) is conducting the AI with representatives from the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), U.P. Los Baños. The activity will last until October 21, according to Dr. Carla Limsan, artificial insemination technician of the PVO.

With Limsan are Noel Ceballos, ovarian palpitator from the PCC, and Daniel Mag-apan and Ronaldo Layosa, employees of the PVO. They were joined in by Derick Bacullo, AI Technician of the town of Rizal.

Limsan said the group started to conduct pregnancy diagnosis on carabao breeders to check if they are ready to undergo the artificial insemination.

If they are ready, they will be inseminated with the sperm cells of the Indian Buffalo, while those that are not will be injected with “prostaglandin hormone” to generate ova that will start the process of gestation.

The technicians will visit the carabao breeders after three days and will examine if the female carabaos are ready to be inseminated.

Limsan said those that will be inseminated will undergo deworming, and will be given vitamins. Even those that are already pregnant will also receive vitamins.

Prior to the activity, a farmers’ orientation was also given to residents of Rizal and Quezon on October 7-10.

Limsan said this was done to explain to the owners of the carabaos the importance of the program and to prepare the animals for insemination.

Another farmers’ orientation will be done by the PVO in the town of San Vicente on October 21-22 and El Nido on October 23-24 for the same AI activity in November.

According to the PCC, “Artificial Insemination (AI) is one of the agency’s banner services rendered nationwide in villages by trained private village-based AI technicians (VBAITs) as well as technicians of local government units, DA-Regional Field Units (DA-RFUs), PCC regional centers and other interested agencies.

AI is used to produce animals with better productivity for milk and meat, without disregard for draft power through harnessing superior genetic materials of dairy buffalo breed, Limsan said.

The strategy is to cross the native swamp buffaloes with the dairy breed and to follow sustained backcrossing to at least four generations to produce animals with milk and meat producing potentials equivalent to the purebred dairy parents, she said.(PNA)

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