The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking at turning Baguio Dairy Farm into a leading training and research facility for the underdeveloped dairy industry.
Dairy Improvement Project
Under DA’s plan, a hundred or more head of cattle are expected to graze in the city’s grassland.
Purebred Holstein-Friesian Cows
Purebred Holstein-Friesian cows will be coming from South America or Australia. And they will be in Baguio City by September according to DA Cordillera Director Cameron Odsey.
These purebred cows are also considered as the world’s highest animal producers of dairy. They can produce up to 1.2 million liters of milk. Thus, this will bring a change in the country’s dependence on imported milk.
Focus and Execution of the Project
The first part of the dairy improvement project will involve and focus on the reproduction of the livestock and creation of a demonstration farm that will be a basis for replication across suitable areas in the Cordillera.
Odsey also said that Cordillera Provinces like Benguet and Mountain Province area ideal for breeding cows from abroad because of the atmosphere and elevation.
According to Lawyer Jennilyn Dawayan, DA Cordillera Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations, part of the project was the planned P100-billion state-of-the-art training and research facility as well as demonstration center.
If the project is executed well, Cordillera can become the primary source of dairy milk, Odsey said.