In a dedicated effort to enhance the goat and carabao sector of the City of Malaybalay, the City Veterinary Office’s Malaybalay City Livestock Production Breeding and Training Center engaged in a benchmarking initiative. This endeavor, conducted on August 22, 2023 in Barangay Dalwangan, involved collaboration with the Northern Mindanao Crops and Livestock Research Complex – Livestock Production Division.

This aims to elevate the goat and carabao industry within the city. Recognizing the economic potential of these animals, the program seeks to bolster local economy through increased milk and meat production, thereby benefiting local farmers and fostering economic self-sufficiency.

“We are not only tending to our livestock, but also our traditions and economy,” as stated by the participant. The activity not only pays homage to ancestral practices but also aligns with the vision of Malaybalay as an Agro-Industrial hub. By nurturing the growth of the goat and carabao industry, the city takes deliberate strides towards achieving its aspiration of becoming a thriving agro-industrial center.

Leading the benchmarking were training instructors, Alexis Flores II as the Center Chief, and Phile Rae Bonggo as the Training Coordinator. They were accompanied by Livestock Production Technicians Annabel Sia, Jack Gempisao, and Charlou Michael Dumindin. Trainees of the Artificial Insemination Training Program, including Faustino Belderol, Charlie Gil Tangi-an, John Ray Sagrado, Jun Mike Sagrado, Ronuel Damasco, John Rey Alesna, Jose Castro, and Robert Russell Marte.

Report: Dr. Omar Cahanap, CVO-NADA