Gov. Ramon V. Guico III has discovered another treasure in the province of Pangasinan. This is the dairy farm in Laoac town, which earned P2 million in 2023.
With 32 milk-producing carabaos and 40 milk-producing cows, the Laoac Dairy Farm (LDF) produced at least 7.5 liters a day. It further hopes to produce other products when LDF becomes fully operational.
As this developed, the construction of 2.1 hectares of Buffalo Barn is now ongoing in Barangay Botigue, to increase production as well as increase the number of animals now under the care of the LDF, which will eventually become a breeding station.
On the same note, a milk processing plant has also been considered.
The project is expected to yield a positive impact, benefiting the people in terms of livelihood and job opportunities. Thus ensuring the revitalization of the dairy industry in Pangasinan through the Laoac Dairy Farm.
Farm Manager Nicanor Rovillos said the LDF, with an area of 3.7 hectares, has now housed about 201 carabaos, including 34 calves, as well as 50 Holstein Jersey breeds from Australia.
Rovillos also said that the carabao breed is being identified by the Philippine Carabao Center. Existing carabaos have 50% native bloodlines, and the other 50% have buffalo bloodlines.
The purpose of calves breeding is to upgrade their bloodline so that the bloodline of the offspring or calves will increase to 75% in order to have a Murrah Buffalo bloodline.
The Laoac Dairy Farm is expected to soar even higher as a dairy producer. (Chona C. Bugayong, with reports from Kristene Joy V. Flores/PIMRO)