OPV sustains services to ensure animal health

THE PHILIPPINES - The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian in Negros Occidental is sustaining its animal health support services to avoid an outbreak of endemic disease in the province, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said in a report to Gov. Joseph Marañon this week.
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The report detail the activities of the OPV for the month of July amid reports of hog cholera and other swine diseases outbreak in Luzon provinces.

Decena said Negros Occidental is free from threats of hog cholera, but the OPV has intensified its hog vaccination campaign to ensure protection of hog farms in the province.

In July 2007, OPV said it has vaccinated 54,125 and dewormed 36,974 farm animals. Also, 37,214 animals were diagnosed, treated and castrated. Under the slaughterhouse and livestock auction market, slaughtered were more than 1.198 million animals. These include 996 cattle; 1,652 carabaos; 614 goats; 13,873 hogs; and almost 1.181 million poultry.

The OPV Diagnostic Laboratory examined 581 animals for the period.

Under its Paravet Development Program, 201 paravets attended the 17 paravet/raisers association meetings conducted for the period. Registration of five hog raisers associations are also being processed. As part of its Veterinary Regulation Services, OPV approved the shipment of 102,329 animals, including 16,043 gamefowls; 4,524 hogs; 3,407 goats; and 78,000 old chicks.

Animal byproducts, including meat, shipped from Negros Occidental included 32,160 hatching, table and salted eggs; 203 kilos processed meat and 100,941 dressed chickens.*NLG

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