Philippines to import dairy cattle from Brazil


The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) will allocate USD 19.64 million to import cattle from Brazil in 2018 as part of the government’s five-year plan to improve local dairy production. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he will visit Brazil in December to formalize the trade.

The importation of Girolando cattle from Brazil is expected to ramp up 10% of annual domestic requirement by 2022 and reduce the country’s reliance on imports. Girolando, a breed which is a cross between the Brazilian Gyr and Holstein cattle, is ideal for milk and meat production in tropical climates, according to Mr Piñol.


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