By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata
MANILA, Aug. 6 (PNA) — The Cagayan Valley Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (CVARRD) Goat Research, Development, and Extension (RDE) promotes artificial insemination (AI) in goats.
AI is a process where semen is collected from male goats and inseminated on female goats for breeding.
This is a good alternative because it reduces risk of spreading infectious diseases, as the technology doesn’t require goats to have physical contact.
The technology can also improve the genetic characteristics of goats, resulting in healthier and more productive offspring.
Furthermore, AI can also enhance/promote crossbreeding, since the sperm can be delivered to female goats in other places.
Meanwhile, CVARRD also teaches farmers about goat meat (chevon) processing. Unknown to many, chevon can be made into tapa, canned chevon caldereta and corned chevon.
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) acknowledges the many advantages a person may get from goat business.
For one, it is said that a young goat (kid) is sold cheaper than a cow.
Apart from its meat, several products may also be produced from goats, including milk and leather from its skin.
Cheese, ice cream, butter may also be produced from goat’s milk.
PCAARRD said goat manure can also be used as fertilizer. (PNA)