Remember George Edrada, the former OFW that we previously posted in this blog? He is the fellow who plants the Violeta bicolor waxy corn in Cauplasan, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.
Well, he has a little sideline that is also quite profitable. He invests in steers (castrated male cattle) that have been trained for farm work, i.e., plowing, making furrows and the like. Just like the big Indu-Brazil cattle that he uses for making furrows for his Violeta waxy corn. He bought this particular ox in photo for P60,000 nine months ago. Today, George says, interested buyers are willing to pay more than P80,000 because it is a very good work animal. It is very docile and uncomplaining.He has been investing in animals which he distributes to his relatives for fattening not for meat but as work animal. Right now, he has 9 animals that relatives are taking care for him. These were bought at P50,000. Usually, after six months, the P50,000 animals will be worth at least P60,000 each. When sold, George and the caretakers split the profit equally. The animals are fed corn leaves and stalks from his farm or from the caretaker’s farm. They also plant a forage crop called “mara mais” which means pseudo corn. This is an old forage crop that many farmers in the Ilocos have been planting for their animals as far as we can remember. In Batac City, we used to call that “Mais ti Nuang”.
George usually buys the steers he distributes to relatives from the Urdaneta market. He prefers the animals from Isabela because these are already trained for work. It is unlike the animals from Masbate which are raised in the ranch for meat and not as work animals.