MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, February 5, 2015 (PIA) — Eyeing to encourage farmers to upgrade their local stock, the provincial local government unit (PLGU) here maintains an animal breeding center to showcase good livestock animals  as well as extend services to ensure good quality meat produce in the local market.

The center also houses an ostrich farm which attracts tourist and students alike, contributing added revenue to the LGU. 

Last year, the provincial veterinary office (PVO) extended artificial insemination services to small and large animals, benefitting 520 farmers.

Meanwhile, under its livestock, poultry protection, and disease prevention the PLGU also regularly offers a year round animal vaccination, treatment, deworming/defluking and castration to local farmers to ensure that the livestock and poultry here are healthy and free from communicable diseases.

Some 10,479 animals like cattle, carabao, swine, and goat were vaccinated, 6,576 were treated, 8,839 were also dewormed and defluked, while another 989 heads were also castrated.

PVO said most of these services are availed free of charge, except for treatment, costs are just enough to cover for the medicines. (JCV/PIA)