(CMR) The Cayman Islands has imported 25 Jamaican Red Poll cattle to bolster the local livestock industry by providing improved cattle genetics.
The importation of the cattle came after bilateral talks between Cayman and Jamaica. Last year a delegation from the Cayman Islands and Minister of Agriculture Jay Ebanks traveled to Jamaica, where they had several working meetings with Jamaica’s Agriculture Minister and several agencies.
According to Raio Jamaica, the 22 heifers and three bulls, which were sourced through the Cattle Breeders Society of Jamaica, departed the island from the Norman Manley International Airport on Thursday.
They were transported by a special cargo plane that is used in the Caribbean and South America to move livestock from country to country. CMR has been informed that air cargo is much cheaper than using sea freight for transporting livestock.
Last year, 150 heads of cattle and 30 goats were acquired by the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society with grant support from the Government. A bul was also purchased and shipped to Cayman Brac to provide stud services. It is expected that the three bulls imported from Jamaica will be used in a similar capacity.