PCC forges partnership with Meijo University on nutritional development among ruminants

Provision of optimum nutrition is essential to the growth of animal. To female animals, particularly, nutrition is imperative to boost their reproductive capacity.

On the basis of this guiding principle, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) welcomed a partnership with the Laboratory of Plant and Animal Science Experimental Farm in Meijo University in Japan through the initiative of Dr. Yoshiaki Hayashi.

Dr. Yoshiaki, an Associate Professor in Meijo University, worked on researches in animal feeding and management in the Philippines from 1996 to 1998.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU)between PCC and Meijo University, which was forged last January 19 at the Milka Krem (dairy products outlet) in PCC, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, will carry out a research on the evaluation and utilization of available feed sources for ruminant production.

Its objective is to develop a reference material on feeds specifically for ruminants in the Philippines. According to Dr. Daniel Aquino, PCC’s animal nutrition expert, the research output will be that of determining the nutrient digestability of the available feed source during wet and dry seasons. This research, Dr. Aquino added, will help the farmers formulate proper food ration for their animals in their respective areas.

Further, the partnership aims to foster technical capability endeavours among PCC technical staff members that will result in producing better research interventions in addressing animal health, nutrition, and reproduction of livestock in the country.//