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Cattle imported from Texas to improve productivity in face of climate change

The aim of the program is to strengthen the island livestock sector with animals that are better adapted to high temperatures, thus improving production.

By The Star Staff

To improve productivity and efficiency in livestock production and establish better agricultural practices adapted to climate change, the island Department of Agriculture (DA), along with a group of ranchers, have received 150 bulls and heifers of different breeds from the state of Texas.

The aim is to strengthen the livestock sector with animals that are better adapted to high temperatures, thus improving production.

DA secretary Ramón González Beiró said the effort between the government and ranchers had been inactive for more than 20 years.

“Evidently this reflects the transformation in the sector and the commitment not only of the government, but also of our farmers to strengthen the industry,” the official said. “The importation of these cattle is just one of several projects we have underway to continue strengthening our agriculture, improving animal genetics, increasing production and providing quality to the consumer.”

González Beiró added that having genetically advanced animals that are resistant to the high temperatures of the island’s tropical climate “will allow us to produce four or five times more, thus benefiting beef production and the entire supply chain.”

The agriculture secretary noted that through the Agricultural Enterprises Development Administration, the agency he heads will subsidize 50% with a contribution of almost $700,000 to support livestock producers.

Likewise, González Beiró emphasized that in the coming months the newly arrived cattle will be mating, so that next year it is expected that the first births will take place.

“This process of crossbreeding is a positive alternative for animal improvement, adjusting the genetic potential with the climate of the island to increase, improve production and promote the planting of improved pastures,” he said.

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