DR. JONATHAN NAYGA, director of the Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center at the Isabela State University in Echague, is very proud that the Center has acquired a Class AA abattoir. This means that the animals slaughtered in his abattoir can be sold nationwide. Although goat is the specialty of CVSMRRC, small and large livestock can be slaughtered in the abattoir, including cattle and carabaos.
CHEVON CANNING – Canning goat’s meat or chevon has been perfected by CVSMRRC. They are producing canned goat adobo, caldereta and kilawin. Production cannot go full blast, however, because of the shortage of available goats for slaughter.
The market for the canned chevon is no problem. In fact, Agricom, a diversified marketing company, has contracted the distribution of the canned chevon produced by CVSMRRC. According to Agricom’s Eugene T. Gabriel, restaurants specializing in goat dishes find it very convenient to serve the canned goat meat. For instance, at the restaurant they can just open the canned adobo, heat it for a while, and presto! It is ready for serving. And the cost of P100 per can of 200 grams can easily be sold at a big margin of profit.