BAR-funded project wins best livestock research award

The project, “Technology Commercialization on Slaughter Goat (Triple Cross) in Pangasinan” funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and implemented by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) I, won the “Best Livestock Research Award” during the “First National Livestock Program R&D Review”. 

The research team, led by Dr. Jovita Datuin, research manager of DA-RFO I, will receive  Php 5M worth of research grant to further their studies and to upscale the project in four provinces of Region I under the auspices of the DA-National Livestock Program.

Dr. Datuin, in her presentation, mentioned that the project aimed to transform goat raising from a subsistence type of farm activity into a profitable goat livelihood employing farmer participatory approach and technology-based rural enterprises. 

The research results registered a marked increase in growth and reproductive performance. A 10- and 20-doe level slaughter enterprise registered an increase in the monthly income of Php 1,825.00 and Php 4,164.16 with a return on investment of 71.57 percent and 81.65 percent, respectively.

She also reported that 211 goat raisers served as farmer-partners adopting (100%) housing, stall feeding, upgrading and strategic deworming. From the initial 52 farmer-partners, 129 additional raisers were encouraged to venture on goat enterprises, covering four municipalities and 28 barangays with six organized farmer-associations.

As an offshoot of the project, micronutrient supplements for goats were developed with trade name “Jovimin”. BAR provided technical and funding support for the product registration of Jovimin and was issued a Certificate of Trademark Registration on 8 September 2016.

The Jovimin balls also won as one of the Best Innovative Products under the Non-food category during BAR’s 12th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition.

JOVIMIN balls is a feed supplement which contains highly digestible fermented protein, molasses, salt, mineral mixture, bran, macro and micro minerals and vitamins – all solidified by natural binder. It supplies fermentable readily available protein and energy. It is recommended for all physiological ages (weanlings, growing, fattening, pregnant and lactating animals).

DA Assistant Secretary Enrico Garzon graced the review and shared his message to the participants comprising of implementing livestock R&D agencies.

Ms. Ann Martha Laspiñas of BAR-Program Development Division served as one of the members of the R&D Review Panel. She was joined by evaluators from the Philippine Carabao Center, Director Arnel del Barrio and Dr. Marlon Ocampo; Bureau of Animal Industry, Mr. Hernando F. Avilla; and Agricultural Training Institute-International Training Center on Pig Husbandry, Dr. Ruth S. Miclat-Sonaco. ### (Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino)