September 29, 2022
Fiji released 14 improved cattle breeds to farmers
The Fiji Ministry of Agriculture said it has released 14 improved cattle breeds to farmers at the Nacocolevu Research Station in Sigatoka town as part of the ministry's efforts to improve cattle genetics, FBC News reported.
In order to protect and improve the quality of cattle genetics as well as to lessen the risk and threat to biosecurity, Minister of Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said the ministry has consistently invested in research and development.
Dr Reddy said new technology for transferring animal genetics was successfully tested, leading to the introduction of two superior breeds: Senepole and Brown Swiss.
He said that this marks a pivotal period in the growth of the cattle industry.
The Minister of Agriculture adds that other programmes, such as genetic advancement, stockyard construction, pasture development, and fencing, have helped cattle farmers as well.
Compared to the local breed, which weighs between 30 and 35kg, the Brown Swiss breed records an average birth weight of 45kg, while the Senepol breed records an average birth weight of 46kg.
- FBC News