BELMOPAN, Fri. Oct 8, 2021– On October 5 and 6 of 2021, the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise, facilitated 110 beef bovine embryotic implantations of Black Brangus and Braford cattle at John Dyck’s Farm in Blue Creek, Orange Walk District.
The embryos implanted were imported from Argentina upon consultation with agricultural stakeholders: Belize Agricultural Health Authority, Teichroeb and Sons Ltd., and Belize Livestock Producers Association.
This mission came as a part of the ministry’s livestock development plan which is focused on increasing the marketability of beef cattle produced in Belize by strengthening the productivity of operations, the profitability of Belizean beef, and the quality of beef offered. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise says this initiative is crucial to Plan Belize. This operation will allow the government and the private livestock sector to improve food and nutrition security, open avenues for employment, and it will boost income generated by foreign exchange through exports to our neighboring states.
By instantiating more innovative livestock rearing methods, Belize will now be better able to satisfy the needs of the global market. In facilitating embryo implants, the ministry is diversifying genetic variation in Belize’s beef cattle. This program will introduce genes better suited for meat production into Belize’s cattle industry. In bettering the quality of meat produced in Belize, it will be easier for the country to access larger markets for export. Guided by this ideology, the ministry, and its stakeholders will continue to steer its beef production according to the market’s demand. In doing so, the government hopes to find the most efficient method of quality livestock production.
This newly introduced means of cattle rearing comes at a fortunate time as Belize has begun actively exporting cattle to SuKarne, the Mexican meat processing company. For the year 2021, Belize has already amassed an estimated $1.3 million in gross exports in the cattle industry – with sales of approximately 1,476 live animals. Since embryo implants allows for faster, more effective cattle breeding, it is expected that this initiative will support the country’s production capacity, increasing its annual exports substantially.