A BRIEFER ON THE DAIRY MULTIPLIER FARM PROGRAM


RATIONALE

• The NDA foresees imminent problem in procuring future imported dairy animals if no corrective actions are taken;
• Cost of imported dairy crossed animals is becoming prohibitive now pegged at P90,000 – P100,000/head;
• Calves born locally are somehow mishandled and usually their growth are not closely monitored;
• Production performance of local born dairy crosses is comparable with the imported ones;
• Increasing number of enthusiasts from private and local government units seeking dairy animals for their agri-business and rural economic enhancement activities; and, 
• Progressive private dairy farms express their cooperation to partner with the government through NDA to set up and operate a dairy breeder farm.

OBJECTIVES

• To address the imminent issues on availability, affordability and quality of dairy animals in the country; 
• To set up and operate Multiplier Farms in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao;
• To encourage/enjoin private-public sector partnership in dairy breeding and calf rearing farm operations; and,
• To actively promote the production and distribution of local born dairy animals and thus increase the dairy base stocks in the country.


OTHER BENEFITS

• Cheaper source of dairy animals
• Sustained supply and distribution of dairy animals
• Significant Volume of milk produced
• Savings on imports of dairy animals
• Accelerated expansion of the local industry
• Increased farm incomes
• May serve as training farm and showcase for farmers, coops, workers, students and extension agents


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