The center caters to an array of research, development and extension activities focus on improving goat production, processing and allied service.
The Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center (CVSRRC) continuously does its part in small ruminant industry advancement through research and development, capability building, IEC materials and technology commercialization. In 2014, the center was also able to establish stronger partnership with international research institution like Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI). Grants for research including institutional development and capability building has also increased this year.
The center also implemented externally funded projects such as Village-based roll-out of artificial insemination delivery system in Regions 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, and 12; Village-based testing of non-invasive heat induction techniques; Enhancement of cryopreservation protocols for improved goat semen quality; Participatory assessment of breeding initiatives in Cagayan Valley towards the development of CV signature goat breed; process standardization of goat slaughtering and Chevon cuts; Development of non-food goat-based products; Application of breeding methods for dairy goat herd build-up in the countryside of Regions 2. 3, 7, and 8; and Commercialization of Chevon value-adding technologies in the province of Isabela.
Based at ISU Echague, it is mandated to lead in the conduct of research, development and extension activities to promote small ruminants, particularly goat and sheep. The establishment of this center is envisioned to pave the way to improved production in the valley, development of value-added products, innovations of technologies, and development of technology transfer models. Its contribution to make goat and sheep raising a profitable livestock-based enterprise is very remarkable in the field of production to processing, which is now being set for national scale implementation.
The following are the services delivered by CVSRRC:
• Artificial insemination Center
• Artificial Delivery System
• Canned and Vacuum- packed Chevon and Mutton products
Accomplishments from January – June 2014:
1. Established research linkage with Taiwan and South Korea;
2. implemented seven multi-regional projects under the DOST-PCAARRD with a fund amounting to 9,621,162.60;
3. Approved two proposals for product commercialization under DA-BAR and standardization under DOST-PCAARRD;
4. Conducted 7 national trainings on goat artificial insemination in collaboration with BAI, PCC and cooperating SUCs;
5. Trained 180 Artificial Insemination service providers and served 512 goat raisers in the region
6. Trained regional coordinators on semen collection and processing and Artificial Insemination for goats on selected farmer-cooperators of CVSRRC
The CVSRRC has developed three variants of meat products for commercialization under the trade name Chevon Valley, which has been approved by IPO. These are Chevon Valley Adobo, Kaldereta and Kilawen and frozen products (choice cuts for sinampalokan and papaitan). The patents for the canned Chevon products are already published in IPO Gazette. Agricomponent has agreed to enter into a franchise agreement with ISU in July 2014 for the nationwide commercialization of these products.