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ATI, BAI, and PCA on joint training initiative to beef up native cattle production in NorMin



By: Vic Thor Palarca/Gia Joy Lusterio)

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon—Coconut-livestock integration through cattle production under coconut farms can contribute to sustainable farming practices through pasture development, natural fertilizer, and additional income. Cattle production is considered one of the integral parts of the farming systems in the country which contributes to rural income.

The most common problems cattle raisers encounter are limited pasture areas, diseases, and overall health management, among many others. Considering that 98% of the cattle population in the Philippines is met by backyard cattle raisers, it is important to address these needs to significantly improve cattle production in the country.

The Training of Trainers (TOT) on Native Cattle Production and Management, organized under the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan (CFIDP), aims to cultivate a group of proficient trainers who can effectively facilitate technology transfer to native cattle raisers within their respective Local Government Units (LGUs). On Farm Hybridization Program (OFHP) Farm Supervisor Garry B. Yacunas discussed the overview of the CFIDP Program, while Training Specialist-II and CFIDP Point Person Noriel Kris O. Santillan delivered the training overview, with Technical Support Staff Gia Joy Lusterio assisting the said training.

In collaboration with the National Beef Cattle Research and Development Center- Bureau of Animal Industry (NBCRDC-BAI) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, the team was granted access to their facilities for immersive field observations and hands-on activities. Furthermore, they were honored to tap five distinguished professionals from the center, namely Mr. Jair D. Rozal, Mr. James D. Oculares DVM, Mr. Sanito E. Jardenil DVM, Ms. Drexelle Jade M. Obalang, and Mr. Sherwin Roy B. Polestina. These experts generously shared their expertise, serving as invaluable resources, facilitating in-depth discussions on technical subjects, and guiding participants through practical, hands-on activities. Their contributions significantly enriched the learning experience and enhanced the understanding of the subject matter for all involved.

The participants were also actively involved in microteaching exercises designed to refine their proficiency in delivering topics, an essential component of the Training of Trainers Program. Such exercises provided valuable opportunities for participants to enhance their presentation skills and receive constructive feedback, ensuring that they were well-equipped to effectively convey information to their respective LGUs.


A total of 25 trainees comprising 12 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and 13 Farmer Leaders (FLs), completed the Training of Trainers (TOT) on Native Cattle Production and Management held on May 13-17, 2024 in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Participants learned about proper cattle management practices from feeds and feeding, disease management, body condition scoring, pasture establishment, cow-calf care, and overall health management which are integral aspects of efficient cattle raising.