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Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017

Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm

Location: Ubay Stock Farm, Ubay (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

Livestock Farm
The Ubay Stock Farm is one of Ubay's touted tourist spots. The place is more famous for its roadside Bohol Dairy Outlet - a retail outlet where people can buy pastries or fresh carabao's milk. I'd been to the dairy outlet before but not inside the stock farm. I wasn't sure if it was a petting zoo for livestock or a tour of a working farm, but with my few remaining days in Ubay, I thought I'd pay it a visit and see what it's all about.

Getting There
The farm is just 10kms away from the town center (P20 a/c bus, 15 mins). From the highway junction, it was a 1.4km walk. There were no single motorcycles around. I was told however, that it's common practise to hitch a ride to the farm. The people involved in the farm are likely to give a ride. I took advantage of this by hitching a ride on the way back.

End Users - Farmers
Upon arrival, I went straight to the office to get a heads-up with their public relations person, Ms. Elizabeth. According to her, the farm is focused on breeding and doing research on the indigenous Bohol variety of native pigs and chickens, to name a few. They would sell them to farmers on a 5-year loan payment program, after careful evaluation of the farmers' facility to ensure the viability of the project.

Native Pigs
I went to the native pigs section and talked to the people about the program. They have about 200 native (black) pigs currently, which are constantly bred and dispersed to hog farmers. They sourced the native pigs by going around the countryside and buying the pigs from private householders. Native pigs are tastier than the hybrids and can eat leftover foods (kanin baboy) and organically prepared plants (chopped-up banana trees). On the downside, they take a much longer time to mature. Commercially speaking, the white hybrids are more lucrative for the hog farmer.

Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm
a brood of native black pigs

Native Chickens
I went over to the native chicken area and talked to the manager, Ms. Gaye. Like the native pigs, the native chickens face the same challenges. They are inherently tastier and can survive on their own eating worms, insects and young grass. But on the downside, they take a much longer time to mature. Native chickens take about 5 months to reach 1 kilo. On the other hand, the white hybrids can only take 21 days to reach 1 kilo! Again, it's more lucrative for the commercial chicken farmer to raise the white hybrids. In reality however, the chicken breeding is done by large corporations with their mechanized facilities. The small chicken farmer is all but marginalized.

An experimental program is underway to introduce turbo-chicken to compete with the established lechon-manok. The basic difference being the turbo chicken is native chicken cooked without oil. It's a healthier alternative (no oil and no growth hormones) but it's twice as expensive. Lechon manok sells for P180 for a kilo of whole chicken, while turbo chicken sells for P360!

Ending Thoughts
Selling the native variety is a hard sell to the farmers if you have to compete in price. However, with increasing public awareness of the detrimental effects to health in ingesting growth hormones, anti-biotics and other questionable means of raising livestock, I feel confident that there is an untapped niche market out there for native livestock - people with purchasing power who are willing to pay a premium for quality food. Who exactly are these people? People who buy health supplements, people who go to the gym, people who go to Zumba and yoga classes, etc! If they are willing to pay good money for untested supplements claiming therapeutic health benefits (as expressly stated in the labels), why would they not be willing to pay a premium for organic food? I believe it's just a matter of marketing to point out the logic and connect the dots - these people with purchasing power are also highly educated.

I also believe that there is no net gain for the buyer of the hybrids. Sure, they save a little in making that purchase, but somewhere down the road, the accumulated growth hormones, anti-biotics and genetically modified feeds ingested into a person's system will take its toll. All those savings are taken back in medical bills, doctor's visits and hospitalization and decreased quality of life.

When I was a kid, people died of old age. Now, the overwhelming majority die of cancer. When you eat a hybrid, just how much of what you're eating is chicken and how much are anti-biotics and growth hormones? Take your time to let that thought sink in.

--- TheLoneRider



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Google Map Ubay, Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Camp Karis Camp Karis - area site used for camping, weddings, seminars, training, etc. specialize on christian camping ministry
  • Ubay Green Park Ubay Green Park - former dump site turned into an eco-friendly garden
  • Henson Beach Henson Beach - public beach close to the port
  • Sinandigan Beach Sinandigan Boardwalk - do not go here, the boardwalk is neglected and rotting!
  • Ubay Stock Farm Ubay Stock Farm - livestock facility with cow milking, poultry, horseback riding
  • Kapayas Dam Cambugsay Hills - also known as Malingin Dam, Mother Dam and Ilaya Reservoir. It's an irrigation dam with a park. The nearby hills are said to be healing

Ubay Travel Info / Tips

Ubay to Cebu City by boat (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Leyte by boat (4-5 hours) (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Pitogo (Bohol) by boat (as of July 2017)


Bohol

    Anda
  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  7. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  8. Candijay
  9. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  10. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  11. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  12. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  13. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  14. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  15. Corella
  16. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  17. Loay
  18. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  19. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  20. Loboc
  21. In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22, 2018
  22. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  23. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  24. Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  25. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  26. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  27. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  28. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  29. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  30. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  31. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  32. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  33. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  34. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  35. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  36. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  37. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  38. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  39. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  40. Panglao
  41. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  42. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  43. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  44. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  45. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  46. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  47. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  48. San Miguel
  49. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  50. Sevilla
  51. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  52. Sikatuna
  53. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  54. Tagbilaran
  55. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  56. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  57. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  58. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  59. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  60. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  61. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  62. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  63. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  64. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  65. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  66. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  67. Ubay
  68. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  69. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  70. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  71. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  72. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  73. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  74. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  75. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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