MASBATE – The Department of Agriculture regional office top officials trooped to this province on June 29, 2017 for the inauguration of the two newly rehabilitated office buildings that comprise the research outreach station in the province now known as Masbate Center for Livestock Development. The Masbate Breeding Station located in barangay Asid in Masbate City and the Regional Carabao Breeding Center located in barangay Mabato-bato, Mandaon, Masbate, 44 kilometers away from Masbate City are the department’s implementing arms in Masbate.
The Masbate Breeding Station is a 22.8 hectare livestock facility focusing on production of superior breeds of small ruminants such as goats and sheep. Meanwhile, the 187 hectares Regional Carabao Breeding Center produces genetically superior breeds of buffaloes like Bulgarian-Murrah buffaloes, and serves as source of planting materials of forage grasses for the province’s numerous cattle ranches, making it the rodeo capital of the country. At present, the center has over 200 buffaloes.