Guatemalan breeders and technicians get training in artificial insemination for cattle
- Innovative processes are promoted in sustainable livestock as part of the support that CATIE and PNUD give in the southeastern part of the country
July 23, 2018. During July 17 and 18 at Jutiapa and Jalapa departments of Guatemala, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) trained 54 local actors in processes of artificial insemination in cattle, activity that had as an objective to increase productivity in livestock farms of the region through genetic improvement of the herd of cattle.
During this process participated 40 livestock local producers and 14 technicians from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and Food (MAGA, its Spanish acronym) who specifically learned about artificial insemination methods, denominated “El Torito”, which is characterized for being simple and easy to learn since in approximately 20 minutes a person is ready to use the insemination equipment.
Estuardo Cruz, department head manager of MAGA in Jalapa, said that with this training the technicians of the ministry as well as the livestock producers learned how to inseminate and will be able to implement programs on genetic improvement at the department.
For his part, Daniel Gonzalez, instructor of the workshop and sales manager of La Piedra Livestock in Costa Rica( Distributers of el Torito for Central America), explained, that the method is easy to learn, thus it is a transvaginal and not a recto-vaginal technique, as the traditional.
Melvis Ortiz, breeder of Santa Catarina Mita, Jutiapa, pointed that the method is interesting since it is a new way of insemination, in a very simple and efficient way.
In the same way, Odvin Cardona, breeder of Monjas, Jalpa, coincided that it is a practical and simple method, but emphasized that now they as breeders will be able to put it into practice to improve livestock genetics and increase inputs of their farm.
For Carlos Moscoso, coordinator of the project Climate-Smart production systems based on silvo pastoral systems of CATIE, at the Southeastern, the genetic improvement through artificial insemination will improve the incomes of the farm, thanks to the increase in milk and meat production with less animals, allowing a positive impact in greenhouse gas emission reduction (GHG).
“Besides, it gives the possibility to liberate areas in farms for natural regeneration or establishment of forest plantations,” assured Moscoso.
This training process is done as part of the activities of the project climate Smart Production systems based on silvo pastoral systems and executed by CATIE within the project sustainable forest management and the Multiple Environmental Global Benefits in Guatemala, implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with a financial donation from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
Climate-Smart Production Systems based on Silvo Pastoral systems.
Julio López Payés
CATIE in Guatemala