Cooperation pushes big progress in buffalo dairying at PCC at VSU

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The PCC at Visayas State University (PCC@VSU) attains high production of milk from island born Bulgarian Murrah Buffaloes (BMB). Based on the gathered data, milk production averages 5 liters per buffalo per day. On their peak season, it averaged 7-18 liters. Said performance is only possible through proper management of buffaloes and the teamwork of PCC@VSU’s staff.

In aspirations intended to optimize opportunities for success, the key is working together. This is exemplified in Baybay, Leyte where the people engaged in carabao dairying, work closely with one another.

Due to ardent cooperation, the PCC at Visayas State University (PCC@VSU) attains high production of milk from island-born Bulgarian Murrah Buffaloes (BMB). The rearing of a herd of dairy buffaloes at PCC-VSU started in 1998.

The buffaloes they tend, according to Dr. Ivy Fe Lopez, OIC director of PCC@VSU, have good genetics so what needs to be done to achieve higher milk production is proper care and management by the people looking after them. 

“Their good genetics dictates their capacity to produce high milk volume,” Dr. Lopez explained.

“What needs to be taken care of are their proper diet, regular monitoring for the maintenance of their right body condition and health, and their intake of appropriate vitamins and others,” she added.

She noted that in terms of feeding, in early morning they give proper ration of feed with concentrates to the animals.  Their workers also take the animals out of their corral to allow them to feed on fresh humidicola and guinea grasses. After feeding, they lead the buffaloes to drink clean water and allow them to wallow in the pond to cool themselves.

Rice straw and molasses are also set aside for the animals’ consumption. Dr. Lopez explained that the said strategy is religiously done by their workers before and after the milk collection.

“It is important to ensure the good body condition of the dairy buffaloes before the milking session. It is also important to make sure that they have cooled down and had satisfied their hanker for feed,” Dr. Lopez said. 

“They should also have the right amount of feed in their feeding tray after the milking procedure,” she added.

Milk Collection and Processing

Based on the gathered data, milk production averages 5 liters per buffalo per day. On their peak season, it ranged 7-18 liters.

From the milk collected, the PCC-VSU makes sure that the calves get to suck about 30 percent of their respective mother’s milk volume. The rest are sent to the Baybay Dairy Cooperative (BDC), which buys them at Php50 per liter.

The usual volume supplied by PCC@VSU to BDC is from 100-150 liters of milk per day.

BDC processes the milk into products such as fresh milk, choco milk, mango pandan, ice cream, ice candy, pastillas, milk-o-gel and white cheese for market distribution. Apart from walk-in clients, the coops’ usual customers are students and Indian nationals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

“We make sure that each of the PCC@VSU staff involved in the project works cooperatively with the others to ensure an increasing rate of milk production of our dairy buffalo herd,” Dr. Lopez said.

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