BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Biotech provider Bionova has rolled out its reproductive services in the province that assures a 50 percent pregnancy rate for female cows in only one day of insemination.
And this, Alfonso Serrano, Bionova Livestock president and chief technical officer, may improve overall local cattle production and allow rsisers to reach the golden goal of one calf per cow a year.
Officials of Bionova, one of the pioneering biotechnology firms in the country, were in the province recently to share to livestock breeders new biotechnology that could improve local genetic stock and boost the pregnancy rate of existing breeders, a news release from Bionova said.
The release added Bionova “aims to increase the pregnancy rate of the existing breeders through shortening the open or unproductive days of a cow (*open days – days when a cow is not pregnant), and select good breeders for crossbreeding.”
It also said: This is all possible through the use of reproductive biotechnologies like ultrasonography and Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI) , a service only provided by Bionova Livestock commercially in the Philippines. FTAI is a reproductive biotechnology that allows artificial insemination in cattle through a hormonal treatment, without the need for heat detection. This biotechnology enables cattle raisers to get 50 percent of their cows pregnant in one day of insemination (e.g. in a 100-cow herd, about 50 cows can get pregnant in one day with proper nutrition, management, facilities and equipment).”
With the primary goal of maximizing the country’s abundant yet under-utilized agricultural resources and livestock, Bionova Livestock aims to provide products and services that will help Filipino cattle raisers become more operational, productive, efficient, profitable, and sustainable