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REY BAJENTING

This blog is by Rey Bajenting, founder of RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology.

He is a gamefowl columnist, author and editor. He writes for Pit Games and LLamado magazines; Global Cockfight Live and Roosterman Int'l. He is also the author of the gamefowl column LLamado Tayo that for 2 years was carried daily by the defunct Tumbok, a tabloid of the Philippine Daily Inquirer group. He has been editor of the weekly Dyaryo Larga.

He is also author of several publications about gamefowl and cockfighting. He is the founder of Masang Nagmamanok (MANA), a nationwide movement for the welfare of the common chickenman.

Most of his life, Bajenting has been a chickenman, being a handler, conditioner and now a breeder. He started getting involved in cockfighting at age 9

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Progressive mating

Posted by Rey Bajenting on September 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Progressive sequence mating is another breeding principle of RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology.

 

The desire of all breeders should be to improve his stock from one generation to another. Meaning, the current generation should be better than the previous one, and the next generation better than the current one. This is progressive sequence program.

 

The best way to assess results of your mating is to measure the pit performance of the current generation against the previous generation. This could be done by comparing the win percentage of the offspring with the average win percentage of the brood cock and its brothers and the hens’ brothers. This is the most effective provided that certain perimeters of standards are observed. Meaning, the fights that are subject of the statistics are more or less of the same caliber.

 

This objective process, however, would take a lot of sampling and would be sometimes unavailable. For example you may not have knowledge of the results of the fights of all the individuals in the families to which your acquired brood cock and hens belonged.

 

A less objective but most handy way to assess results of a mating, moreover, if the line is new to you and, therefore, not enough of produce have been fought to merit an evaluation through pit performance, is by comparing the attributes of the male offspring to those of the father. This might be subjective, but depending on your selection and evaluation capabilities, this process is also effective. At any rate, there is a very high correlation between expert’s opinion and win percentage. In you are a new breeder of the bloodline, your only option is to resort to the latter manner of assessing the results of your mating.

 

With the principle of progressive sequence in mind, and using the latter method of assessment, there will be four likely possible results:

 

1. The offspring are super.

 

2. The offspring are better than the father.

 

3. The offspring are about equal to the father.

 

4. The offspring are less than the father.

 

For each of the possibilities, we recommend corresponding subsequent matings to do in order to keep the line progressive.

 

The complete chapter on progressive sequence breeding is on the coming book “The Practical Breeder: Ideas that work.” soon to be published by RB Sugbo GT.

 

Let's put up one hell of a fight

Posted by Rey Bajenting on September 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Something big and good for cockfighting is going to happen.


For years, Masang Nagmamanok (MANA), had been calling for something like this to happen. Now it is approaching reality. We thought our call would remain a dream. We knew the call would remain an aspiration, unless somebody more capable than MANA would step in.


It was sometime in year 2007 that MANA was formed as an advocacy group. Among its advocacies are the promotion of the interest, welfare and common good of the ordinary sabungeros and, of course, the preservation of sabong as sport, livelihood, industry and cultural heritage.


We managed to somehow move on inasmuch as promoting the interest of the common sabungeros is concerned. With the help of companies like Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialist, Bmeg, Secret Weapon, Power Bullet, Supermax, Daily Green and Warhawk; and sabong media such as Pit Games, Llamado magazine, Global Cockfights Live and Sabong Radyo, MANA has facilitated some help to the small chicken raisers. We offered technology transfer through the internet and through seminars, trainings, and publications. We also have effected game fowl dispersal activities and promoted cockfight events to help fund social and civic actions.


However, our call for Pinoy sabungeros to take a unified action to protect sabong against the animal welfare juggernaut, seemed to fall on deaf ears. “Nothing bad will ever happen to sabong in the Philippines,’ most said. What was a present danger to us, was not clear to others.


 

But, while we are not even thinking about it, the opponents are doing a lot about it. And, they are making headway. Thus, I fear our lack of fear.

 


Yes, I fear because I see and understand much how good the opponents are at propaganda. Their propaganda program includes “subliminals” with long-term objectives. They are not asking sabungeros to give up sabong, they are scaring future sabungeros from taking up the sport. If this will work, the industry profile for the future will change… then we will be robbed of our cultural heritage and many of us will lose additional income, if not entire livelihood.


Then, here comes Mr. Manny Berbano with the news that cockfighting will now put up a fight!


Along with his friends from the United States, Mexico, Guam, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, Chile, Columbia and other countries where cockfighting should have been a matter of cultural right, boss Manny will organize the resistance.


I will not preempt boss Manny. He will, in due time, make the pronouncement and announce the details himself. All I can say is that this is something big and good for cockfighting and MANA will be all out behind the effort.


Boss Manny and friends thank you.


To the millions of sabungeros, let’s put up one hell of fight. Sabong needs it!

Defend sabong

Posted by Rey Bajenting on July 13, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

An Open Letter

For NFGB

Through Mr. Manny Berbano,

Publisher Pit Games magazine,

 


Sirs;


Isn’t it about time, that somebody organize a movement in defense of Sabong? Then, if so, would the National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders spearhead it? (Support this call. Join an online petition. Pls click here. )

 

Recently there have been bills filed in Congress proposing amendment to RA 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. Mostly these bills call for the strengthening of the Act and the imposition of more severe penalties.

 

HB 5849 filed by Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera-Dy of the Bagong Henerasyon Party List seeks to amend the Animal Welfare Act (or Republic Act 8485) and increase penalties for those who have committed acts of cruelty to animals

 

Guimaras Representative JC Rahman Nava authored House Bill 6049 that deals with welfare obligations, offenses on animals, and likewise seeks to impose heavy penalties on maltreatment and killing of animals, including by fights between animals.

 

These are only two that we know of so far, probably there might be more. The Herrera-Dy bill seems harmless to cockfighting, but the NAVA bill appears to touch on gray areas. There are at least 6 sections in the NAVA bill with provisions that could affect cockfighting or at least inconvenient game fowl raisers.

 

Regardless, this generation of bills currently in Congress could actually affect or not cockfighting, the reality is with the current international trend and calls for stronger animal protection measures, cockfighting will always remain threatened.

 

Unless, we could do something about it, before it is too late.

 

Agusan del Sur Congressman Rodolfo "Ompong" Plaza filed a bill to declare cockfighting as part of Philippine heritage. That could have done the job but obviously it did not prosper. If cockfighting is declared part of natural heritage, then it could be protected under Article XIV of the Constitution.

 

At present the only laws legitimizing cockfighting are Presidential Decree 449 or the Cockfighting Law of 1974 and PD 1802, amending, strengthening and incorporating PD 449. But many provisions of these PDs have been superseded or amended, by more current legislations, mainly the Local Government Code, and maybe indirectly by the Animal Welfare Act. Cockfighting is now standing on shaky legal ground.

 

Moreover, and more alarming, discord and disunity have recently disturbed our ranks.

 

The opponents with their might and savvy will surely pounce on the situation. Unless, we act before it’s too late. NFGB should lead the fight and movement to defend sabong.

 

Why NFGB? It is simply, because there is no other as capable.


NFGB is the biggest and foremost federation of breeders and cockers. It is in the position to establish trends in cockfighting. Also, it is well respected that it could persuade other persons, organizations, entities concerned to join the cause.

 

NFGB also has the organization. It has affiliate GBAs in almost all the regions. It can easily conduct information campaigns through these organizations. Signatures in support of the cause could be garnered during each of the dozens of elimination and semi-final rounds of the Bakbakan in the different provinces and regions. NFGB may also persuade companies conducting seminars and product presentations nationwide to help. Ads maybe created by professionals to be placed with game fowl media such as the sabong magazines and the TV shows at discounted cost or public service. Posters can be placed in all cockpits. NFGB could do many more.

 

Moreover, NFGB can raise the funds. With its influence, capabilities and organization it is capable of raising the necessary funds.

 

NFGB indeed can do a lot. There could be no other organization capable of doing so much. It should do something now, not only because of the apparent moves to strengthen the Animal Welfare Act, but also amid talks of a Charter change. How a new Constitution would be framed could determine the fate of cockfighting.

 

And, it is timely, because of the coming elections. Our representatives will be reaching out to us for votes, in turn, we may also reach out to them for support.

 

By leading this movement, NFGB will be addressing the aspirations of millions of Filipino sabungeros. It will unite the bayang sabungero.

 

Today is never too early to act. Tomorrow may be too late. (Support this call. Pls click here. )



Truly,

Rey Bajenting

Isang masang nagmamanok

 

From "pointed" to "off"

Posted by Rey Bajenting on June 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Time and again I am asked to explain my theory of pointing as all about stress management. So time and again I have to do the explaining. The principle is that stress triggers the releases of adrenaline. And, adrenaline is the hormone responsible for turning the body into optimum mode.

When man or animal feel fear or is faced with danger, the body undergoes change. The stressor -- for example, the sight of an enemy -- stimulates the hypothalamus that sends out a chemical signal to the adrenal glands, activating what is called the sympathetic system, which sends the body into a state of excitement. These glands release adrenaline (epinephrine) and noradrenaline (norepinephrine), hormones that create the state of readiness that helps mind and body face danger; raise heart rate, increase respiration, dilate the pupils, slow down digestion and  allow muscles to contract.

These prepare the body to deal with danger. They make the animal more agile, allow to take in more information and help use more energy. And, adrenaline's effect on muscles accounts for amazing strength. Adrenaline acts on muscles, allowing them to contract more than they normally can.

When adrenaline is released blood flows more easily to the muscles. Thus,more oxygen is carried to the muscles, in turn, muscles function at higher levels. Skeletal muscles are activated by electrical impulses from the nervous system. When they're stimulated, muscles contract, meaning they shorten and tighten. This is what happens when a rooster strikes. Adrenaline also facilitates the conversion of the body's fuel source (glycogen) into its fuel (glucose). A sudden burst of glucose also allows muscles to strengthen further.

So does this mean that optimal strength is unlocked when mind and body are confronted with danger? Yes. If this happens to a rooster up in the pit then that rooster is at pointed state.

But why don't the body possess this optimal strength all the time? 

While muscles may possess potential strength that can be tapped when faced with danger, this can also have dangerous repercussions. Muscles suddenly used beyond their capacity can tear.

Also stressor are short-lived. The body begins to relax and returns to its normal state after a few tense minutes. After the stressor is gone, the parasympathetic system kicks in. This system plays a role opposite of the sympathetic system. When the parasympathetic system takes over, heart rate slows again, breathing returns to normal, muscles relax and nonessential function immediately begin again. The hypothalamus, which is responsible for triggering both the sympathetic response in the face of danger and the parasympathetic response after the danger has passed, is ultimately responsible for achieving a balance between both. This balance is called homeostasis.

When the body stays in an excited state for a prolonged period, it enters the state of exhaustion. When this happens to a rooster, then that rooster is experiencing what we call as off syndrome.

 

RB Sugbo sets digital demo on Rooster Biotech

Posted by Rey Bajenting on June 23, 2012 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Bio technology is the method of the future for the game fowl. But believe it or not, the inspiration that drew a research group into coming out with a technology it calls “Rooster Biotechnology” came from the past. Bio dynamic farming is not new. What is new is its application on game fowl raising and the products that are being used.

Thus, inspired by its recent advances in its “Rooster Biotech” and the desire to share it with the masang sabungero, RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology is preparing a digital demonstration featuring bio technology. It is entitled “Fast Forward to the Past.” (Click here link to the trailer found at the article "Digital demonstration on biotechnology for game fowl released soon"  http://blakliz.wordpress.com/)

The digital presentation will come in 3 parts. Part 1 will be an introduction to bio technology for game fowl. Part 2 will be the role of environment. The last part will deal on the role of probiotics.

The digital version will be complemented by a downloadable e-pamphlet that will explain further the idea and application of Rooster Biotechnology.

Both the digital and the accompanying e-pamphlet will be available next month. Complete details of its release will be announced on the July, 2012 issue of Roosterman online magazine.

Rooster Biotech which is being implemented this year at Scorpion Ox Gamefarm in Argao, Cebu has registered its best year in terms of crop quality and harvest.

Among the bloodlines being tested in the project are RB Sugbo’s ponkan, sugbo lemon and the blakliz; as well as the different sweaters, hatches and yellow legged hatch of Scorpion Ox.

RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology has been promoting natural, organic and probiotic methods in raising game fowl. These methods will not only produce better chickens, they will also show that we sabungeros are also concerned with the ecology. RB Sugbo’s Rooster Biotech method is aimed at achieving the purpose.

 

Pleasant ecosystem grows good chicken

Posted by Rey Bajenting on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The RB Sugbo bio-organic management system or Rooster Biotech, is aimed at instituting harmonious interrelationship between land and animals, and respect for their physiological and behavioral needs. This can be achieved by a combination of providing proper feeds and probiotic supplement; appropriate stocking rates, overall animal husbandry systems that fit behavioral needs, and management practices that seek to promote health and wellness and prevent diseases.

Every game fowl breeder aspires for healthy stock. As healthy young chickens grow into mighty fierce warriors. And, we believe that on pleasant ecosystem grows healthy and good chickens.

It is important to understand that biological farming is not new. Generations of farmers have successfully followed this farming method. They knew how to work the land and understood the process of harnessing nature. Biological farming today is a system that uses nature and science to build the quality of the soil with the understanding that healthy soil will be able to support healthy crops and livestock. It takes advantage of natural processes, which promote good soil, healthy crops, and healthy animals. This means using natural systems to improve soil structure; control weeds, pests, and diseases, and improve crop and livestock quality.

Soil that is healthy contains a balance between the organic particles that serve as plant food and the living micro-organisms like bacteria, fungi, algae and the larger ones like earthworms. These organisms process and decompose the inert mineral and organic materials, thereby feeding the plants. An optimally productive soil contains a perfect balance of inorganic minerals, organic (carbon-based) materials, and living organisms, all contained within a physical structure that absorbs and holds water to facilitate natural chemical reactions that feed plants perfectly.

Excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides can upset this balance in the soil, the exact opposite of what is required.  

Biological farming, when applied to game fowl, also makes economic sense. The input costs of antibiotics and chemicals are reduced as the healthier chickens are more disease resistant. 

The biological approach to farming yields soil that is healthy and able to support healthy crops. These crops are nutrient dense – meaning that they contain higher concentrations of plant sugars, minerals and amino acids and therefore have a higher nutritional value. And, these plants and microorganism in the soil will be eaten by the chickens providing a balance nutrient input and better absorption. Biological method applied to game fowl raising is by no means the easiest method but the results are worth it and following a biological approach means that Nature will always be there to lend a hand.

 

 

 

Appeal to NFGB

Posted by Rey Bajenting on May 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

NFGB is the nearest thing to a governing body in Philippine cockfighting. With its reputation, membership, scope and influence, NFGB may be able to dictate the rules. It has no reason to be insecure and threatened by the entry of any new federation. Thus, wouldn’t it be for its own good if NFGB see to it that the rules would be fair to all and will result in further development of the sport?

Here are four things we love to see NFGB do.

No. 1. Give more to those who have less. Standards should be set at levels affordable even to the smaller breeder/member. For example circular of Feb 3, 2012 affects the smaller breeders most. The rich breeders would not mind having several entries at P15 thousand each. But many masang sabungero could not afford more than one or two entries at P15k entry fee. Maybe, in addition to their Bakbakan entries, they should be given a chance to also have entries in derbies of another federation at lesser entry fee. Big breeders with hundreds and even thousands of stags can always find ways in participating in both Bakbakan and Digmaan. They can have a set of stags banded by Bakbakan under their names and have another set of stags banded by Digmaan, under other names. But the small breeders who only have 50 stags can’t do this. If only double banding is allowed, then they could have some options after complying with NFGB’s requirement of at least one entry in Bakbakan.

No. 2. Give all the pot money as prizes. Doesn’t NFGB realize that derby promoters are a lucky lot? There is no need to push their luck too far.

When you promote a boxing match, a basketball game, and most other sporting events, the organizer or promoter must have to pay the protagonists or players or put up the prizes. In return the promoter gets the gate receipts and revenues from sponsors and advertisement. In a derby promotion the promoter gets the gate receipts, the revenues from sponsorship and ads without, most of the time, paying the players or putting up the prize money. Yes, because the participants of the derby themselves put up the prize money by contributing to what is called the pot money.

Tradition, fair practice and propriety call that the total pot money minus the standard 10% for the promoter should constitute the prize money to be allocated to champion, runner-up, insurance etc. The pot belongs to the participants, and as such should be returned to them in form of prizes. Rebates may also be a form of consolation prizes.

A guaranteed prize is a come-on to attract participants to the derby because there is a minimum winnable prize at stake. A guaranteed prize, is supposed to set the minimum, not the maximum amount of prize. It should not mean that if the pot money exceeds the guaranteed prize, the promoter can keep the excess to disburse at will, which is what is being done in Bakbakan.

Shouldn’t any amount from the pot money in excess of the guaranteed prize be considered part of the pot money which is owned by the participants, not part of the promoter’s cut? Take for example the case of Bakbakan 2011. There were 4,438 entries in the 2011 Bakbakan paying P15,000 each for a total pot money of P66,570,000. And according to NFGB, after paying off the prizes, the excess amounted to P18,913,000. (Meaning NFGB gave some P47M in prizes?) Isn’t the excess of about P19M which is almost 30% of the total pot money, too much for a promoter’s cut?

NFGB may say that it is legal because it is in the invitation, which may also serve as contract. Maybe on that aspect it is legal. However, is it moral or proper taking a 30% rake of the pot money? Since, NFGB prides itself of being the fairest, the question now is: does NFGB consider fair the taking as cut 30% of the pot money? Should fairness be limited to the conduct of the derby, or, should it be extended to other matters such as allocation of money owned by participants?

No. 3. Reduce the entry fee. If Bakbakan will only give all the pot money, it could easily reduce the entry fee and still come up with a very attractive prize. With the projection of 5,000 entries, this year, NFGB could have set the entry fee at P8,800 and still safely come up with the P40M guaranteed prize. Had NFGB done it Bakbakan stands to end up with much more entries than the 5,000 projection. Breeders will then have second thought in joining Digmaan for P6,600 with a guaranteed prize of only P10M when with additional 2,200 and a couple of stags more they could vie for P40M. Most important NFGB could have made a lot of smaller breeders happy. But NFGB could not do this if it is bent on getting a large portion of the pot money as its cut. By doing so, NFGB reduces the attractiveness of Bakbakan, due to high entry fee, and thus exposes it to competition by Digmaan. Sad to say, the large rake from the pot money and the circular have benefitted Digmaan without PFGB, having to lift a finger

No. 4. Special consideration to OFWs. OFWs are not just sitting behind the comfort of their computers they are working hard abroad to earn. OFWs have contributed much to the development of cockfighting in the Philippines. The OFWs, despite being abroad, saw to it that they buy or produce chickens and participate in derbies here. Their plaints should be heard even if their only means of expressing opinion is by posting to websites and social networks. Let’s not expect them to go to offices and personally air their plaints. Instead, NFGB might as well set up a website on which OFWs can post comments or update themselves with the latest developments, events, information on sabong in the country. MANA is trying to do it but NFGB could do it much, much better with its vast resources and logistics. NFGB may also see to it that Bakbakan elims, semis and finals will have free live streaming. How much would that cost? An additional P5,000 per derby day is not too much. Some one at NFGB ought to understand this. It’s simple public relations or customer relations.

NFGB may or may not consider our suggestions, but the fact is that with all the respect and trust breeders hold for NFGB, many expect wonderful things from the federation, that they can easily be disenchanted. However, when it comes to participating in Bakbakan, many of the participants don’t mind. To them it is the thrill of participation, not winning the P40M. Anyway that is farfetched or patsamba. The probability of scoring 11 straight wins is 1:2048. To others it is a sense of belonging to the marangal; still to others it is a badge of credibility as breeder and come on to attract buyers of their chickens.

We are just appealing to the organizers. The burden is on them whether or not they will take advantage of the situation, throw all spirit of fairness and sportsmanship to the wind and go ahead earn big buck; anyway breeders keep on participating. But, sirs, isn’t Bakbakan doing pretty well enough without having to take additional rake or impose additional restrictions to members?

Just asking. (Read Roosterman Magazine it's free!)



NFGB lords over us using the power of our own money

Posted by Rey Bajenting on May 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

NFGB reiterated recently its warning contained in a circular that members should not support any other federation or else get out of NFGB. So it is clear. NFGB would not listen to the cry of the masang sabungero which is clearly manifested in polls, posts to various sites and social networks on the web, and in tsikahan at gatherings and at the sabungan. Well, that’s how the bosses at NFGB wanted to play it. Whether they were already drunk with power or not, we couldn’t do anything about what decision NFGB would make. Now, It is our turn to make decisions.

There are options left to the members. The intrepid ones may go ahead and also join Digmaan and see if NFGB will really make true its threat and expel all those who defied; or, NFGB might be selective in going about it and expel some and spare some; or, who knows, NFGB may not impose any sanction at all.

Another option is to register protest by not joining Bakbakan at all. This is a bold move that a dauntless gentleman would make. This will show NFGB that breeders will not die without Bakbakan.

Still, another option, that I believe most breeders/members will take, is to bow to the king. After all Bakbakan is the “fairest.” It is also the richest with P40M at stake.

But before this P40M will entice us to the point of sacrificing principles, let’s consider the following: 1) NFGB projects no less than 5,000 entries in the coming Bakbakan. At P15 thousand each, it would mean P75M in entry fee alone. Minus the guaranteed prize of what? P40M? Then, there will be an excess of P35M. Good if they give the P35M excess as additional prize money or rebates to participants. But what if NFGB will again, as its usual practice, keep it to themselves and to the GBAs for them to spend as they wish? The point here is that Bakbakan will bring more good to NFGB than to the participants.

Notwithstanding that it stands to earn millions in plasada, gate revenues, sponsorship, NFGB still takes a big rake from the entry fee, which rightfully belongs to the participants. 2) Mathematically, P15 thousand rolled over and winning 11 times would amount to more than P30M. How much did the past Bakbakan champions made? How much do we think will the champion this year make? Of course, this is not accurate as there are complications, but the point is let’s not be enticed by our own money.

Yes, our own money. Sad to say, but NFGB lords over us using the power of our own money. Let’s not take anything away from NFGB. It is true, Bakbakan is the mother of all stag derbies. What we are asking is just for NFGB to be considerate with the small breeders and the masang sabungero for they are the ones that will be harshly affected by the ruling. The rich breeders would not mind having several entries at P15 thousand each. But many masang sabungero, myself included, could not afford more than one or two entries at P15k entry fee. Maybe, in addition to their Bakbakan entries, they should be given a chance to also have entries in say Rambulan or Digmaan for a lesser entry fee. But they can’t do this without jeopardizing their membership with NFGB.

Big breeders with hundreds and even thousands of stags can always find ways in participating in both Bakbakan and Digmaan. They can have a set of stags banded by Bakbakan under their names and have another set of stags banded by Digmaan, under other names. But the small breeders who only have 50 stags can’t do this. If only double banding is allowed, then they could have some options after complying with NFGB’s requirement of at least one entry in Bakbakan.

And, let’s remind NFGB why they should also listen to the masang sabungero. It is because a significant portion of the money raised from every Bakbakan derby came from the small timers and from the OFWs who despite being abroad saw to it that they participate in derbies here. Their plaints should be heard even if their only means of expressing opinion is by posting to websites and social networks. Let’s not expect them to go to offices and personally air their plaints. These OFWs are not sitting behind the comfort of their computers they are working hard abroad to earn.

Obviously, not all of the millions NFGB earned over the years did come from the rich. Problem is rich people can’t see the poor man’s predicaments because they don’t encounter these predicaments.



Whom the gods wish to destroy

Posted by Rey Bajenting on May 6, 2012 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Is the National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (NFGB) on its way down? I don’t think so. However, it pays to always remind friends and non-friends within NFGB that whom the gods wish to destroy they first make drunk with power.

For the past days, I have been watching the developments or rather the controversy that engulfs an NFGB circular warning members not to support any other federation than NFGB. To many it seems dictatorial. Others feel that it is due to business jealousy.

What saddens us is that from different sites we read comments by some NFGB men that indeed gamefowl breeders federation should be regarded as a business enterprise and that employees (referring to members) should be loyal and will not work for competing interest. This does not augur well with the spirit of sabong.

And, the analogy is false. Members are more akin to shareholders and customers. Shareholders of public corporations are not prohibited from patronizing competitor’s products. Shareholders of one tv station may also watch another tv channel. Shareholders of a public corporation are also customers of the corporation as well as of others. Indeed, if the GBA is registered as stock corporation, then members are actually shareholders. We would like to believe though that most GBAs are non-stock corporations so members are rightly called members. But directors should be more aptly called trustees. And, mind you, stock and non-stock corporations have different parameters. One does not run a non-stock corporation like it is a stock corporation (I do not know whether NFGB is a stock or non-stock corporation).

In the wake of this mounting controversy within the sabong community, I found it relatable to revisit one of my previous blogs. My previous blog talked about rise and fall of GBAs. I believe that what applies to GBAs may as well apply to federations of GBAs.

Here was my blog contained in Roosterman N0. 14 and also in a number of MANA and RB Sugbo sites:

Stints at the top will come and go

First there was the Cebu Gamefowl Breeders and Cockers Association (CGBCA). It was the first association in Cebu that seemed to be concerned also on breeding the game fowl not just gambling on it. Prior to CGBCA, associations in Cebu were not of breeders but of cockers. CGBCA was the dominant GBA in Cebu then because there was no other.

Then came Cebu Gamefowl Breeders Association (CEGBA), which for many years was the dominant GBA in Cebu. It became affiliated with the National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (NFGB).

A break-away group then formed the Central Visayas Breeders Association (CVBA). Thanks to the efforts of president Victor Sierra and, Bebot Monsanto CVBA grew into becoming the dominant group locally, and one of the biggest GBAs in the country. It displaced CEGBA in the NFGB. Sierra and Monsanto was such a team that between them two they put CVBA in the national map in so short a time. Without one or the other it was doubtful if CVBA could have survived.

Lately the Cebu Gentlemen’s Cockers Club (CGCC) was formed. CGCC, more popularly known as Gentlemen’s, is not the biggest in terms of membership, because it is prudent in accepting members, but it is well-respected and the most highly regarded for its exemplary management and extra-ordinary camaraderie among members. Being invited or accepted to Gentlemen’s would be an honor enough. Unfortunately not many will get invited.

Then the Visayas Cockers Club (VCC) was created. Although the name is cockers club, VCC, like Gentlemen’s, also counts among its members a number of breeders. In fact it is affiliated with the very potent Philippine Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (PFGB) which, as the name implies, is expected to rival the NFGB. It is not farfetched, because several disgruntled erstwhile stalwarts of the NFGB constitute the core of PFGB.

Very recently another GBA has been organized in Cebu, the Visayas Gamefowl Breeders Association (VIGBA). One thing of significance here is that VIGBA is an initiative of Simon Rallos, the same Simon Rallos who provided the spark for the organization of CVBA. Well, if he could do it once, he could do it twice. Rallos has the following, and he is perceived to be straight.

The point here is that with the many GBAs around, not one of them could claim monopoly of dominance forever. One GBA may rise and then fall. Then another will take its place at the top. (Read Roosterman )



HB 5849 isn?t a threat to cockfighting

Posted by Rey Bajenting on April 19, 2012 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Some one called my attention to a house bill filed by Bagong Henerasyon Party List Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy proposing amendment to the Animal Welfare Act (R.A. 8485). The bill, HB 5849, calls for increased penalties for acts of cruelty to animals. I was then asked what I think of the bill. Will it not constitute a threat to cockfighting? And, what will MANA do to counter it?

To be honest it is hard to come up with an opinion on the matter without first reading the pertinent portions of the Animal Welfare Act, and then also read the house bill itself. But, shooting from the hips and, judging by the summary I was shown, it seemed there was nothing on the bill against cockfighting.

It proposes increased penalties on acts against animal cruelty. Cockfighting is legal in the Philippines and under existing laws it is not considered act of cruelty to animals, thus, in my opinion we have nothing to worry about the bill per se. I believe, opposing the bill will only tend to show our insecurities that cockfighting, after all, can be considered cruelty to animals that is why we are afraid of severe penalties.

If you ask me, we might as well support the bill because cruelty to animals is indeed an abominable act. I, like most Filipinos, also hate cruelty to animals. I will not be into cockfighting had I believed it is cruelty. So, why should I be worried of any move that will penalize or increase punishment for any and all forms of cruelty to animals when cockfighting does not belong to this category.

What we must fear is that, by stupid twist of logic, cockfighting will be classified cruelty to animals and as such will be outlawed like what happened in the US. This we must be wary of. What happened in the US was a numbers game. Animal welfare movement became popular that contradicting them may mean big loss of votes. Here in the Philippines sabungeros possess relatively big number not enjoyed by our American counterparts.

But, if we will not be careful, this number of ours will dwindle in the years to come if the propaganda of the opponents continue taking its toll because we are not doing anything about it.

This is beyond the scope of the topic at hand, though, which is HB 5849. But, we ought to keep this mind always. (Subscribe to Roosterman magazine for free)

 

Stints at the top will come and go

Posted by Rey Bajenting on March 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

First there was the Cebu Gamefowl Breeders and Cockers Association (CGBCA). It was the first association in Cebu that seemed to be concerned also on breeding the game fowl not just gambling on it. Prior to CGBCA, associations in Cebu were not of breeders but of cockers. CGBCA was the dominant GBA in Cebu then because there was no other.

Then came Cebu Gamefowl Breeders Association (CEGBA), which for many years was the dominant GBA in Cebu. It became affiliated with the National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (NFGB).

A break-away group then formed the Central Visayas Breeders Association (CVBA). Thanks to the efforts of president Victor Sierra and, Bebot Monsanto CVBA grew into becoming the dominant group locally, and one of the biggest GBAs in the country. It displaced CEGBA in the NFGB. Sierra and Monsanto was such a team that between them two they put CVBA in the national map in so short a time. Without one or the other it was doubtful if CVBA could have survived.

Lately the Cebu Gentlemen’s Cockers Club (CGCC) was formed. CGCC, more popularly known as Gentlemen’s, is not the biggest in terms of membership, because it is prudent in accepting members, but it is well-respected and the most highly regarded for its exemplary management and extra-ordinary camaraderie among members. Being invited or accepted to Gentlemen’s would be an honor enough. Unfortunately not many will get invited.

Then the Visayas Cockers Club (VCC) was created. Although the name is cockers club, VCC, like Gentlemen’s, also counts among its members a number of breeders. In fact it is affiliated with the very potent Philippine Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (PFGB) which, as the name implies, is expected to rival the NFGB. It is not farfetched, because several disgruntled erstwhile stalwarts of the NFGB constitute the core of PFGB.

Very recently another GBA has been organized in Cebu, the Visayas Gamefowl Breeders Association (VIGBA). One thing of significance here is that VIGBA is an initiative of Simon Rallos, the same Simon Rallos who provided the spark for the organization of CVBA. Well, if he could do it once, he could do it twice. Rallos has the following, and he is perceived to be straight.

The point here is that with the many GBAs around, not one of them could claim monopoly of dominance forever. One GBA may rise and then fall. Then another will take its place at the top. (Read Roosterman )

 

Let's go organic

Posted by Rey Bajenting on March 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Ang RB Sugbo ay may ilang taon narin na nagaaral at gumagawa ng pamamaraan sa pagpapalahi at pagpapalaki ng manok panabong pamamagitan ng organic methods.

Napansin  kasi natin na sa ibang lugar mahigpit na pinatutupad ang mga batas laban sa sobrang paggamit ng chemicals at antibiotics sa farming at animal husbandry. Ngunit dito po satin nakita natin kung paano ang mga kompaniya na nagbebenta ng mga chemicals at antibiotics, ay parang walang anuman na patuloy sa pagturo sa mga farmers at chicken raisers sa paggamit ng chemicals and antibiotics na hindi man lang binabalaan sa maaring masamang epekto ng mga ito.

Kaya naisip natin na kung maipakita natin na ang organic na pamaraan ay mas makabuti, sa manok at lalo na sa tao at kalikasan, baka mahikayat natin ang karamihan na gawin ito at iwan ang nakasanayan na pamamaraan.

Sa nakaraang mga taon medyo mahirap talaga i-reconcile for practical purposes ang mga gawain sa game fowl management at organic practices. Dahil sa kakulangan sa mga readily available products, tayo pa ang gumagawa sa karamihan sa mga inputs. Parang hindi practikal para sa isang may iilan lang manok na gumulgol pa ng additional efforts and time. Ok lang siguro sa mga malalaking manukan pero hindi praktikal sa karamihan na maliliit. Isa pa hindi natin tiyak kung ma-maintain natin ang quality at potency ng mga produktong gawa natin dahil wala man tayong planta o laboratory.

Sa ngayon malaking tulong ang pagsilabasan ng mga readily available probiotics at organic products. Baka umunlad ng husto ang ating pagaaral pamamagitan sa mga ito. (for more discussions please click link below:  http://sabongnet.webs.com/apps/forums/)

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Infusion and intervention

Posted by Rey Bajenting on March 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Infusion

Infusion is the bringing in of a new blood and then slowly breeding it out. Say you will introduce a kelso blood to your bloodline of sweaters the resulting generation will be ½ kelso ½ sweater. You will then breed out the kelso blood by mating the ½ kelso ½ sweater generation to a pure sweater. The next genera-tion will then be ¾ sweater ¼ kelso. If you breed an-other pure sweater to this generation, the next generation will only have 1/8 kelso blood. This generation will have individuals with blood composition that is almost back to the original. Some breeders will go as far as 1/16; or even 1/32 left of the infused bloodline.

Traditional or preservationist breeders find in-fusion a useful technique. But, to practical breeders infusion is very time-consuming. And the idea of spending for a new bloodline that you will breed out eventually, sounds silly from the point of view of a practical breeder.

The purpose of infusion is what is called shot in the arm. After generations of keeping a bloodline pure, the genetic variation will become limited and dormant, such that an injection of new genes will awaken the bloodline. By slowly breeding out the new blood, the original bloodline will be restored. This idea is very enticing to dogmatic breeders but unappealing to practical breeders.

The difference between upgrading and infusion is that in a series of upgrading the old bloodline will eventually be phased out, while in infusion the object is to restore the old bloodline with a little change in the genetic composition.

Intervention

Intervention is another word we coined at RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology for another sort of a breeding-in-breeding-out technique because we did not know what the proper genetics term is, if any. There might be times that we will desire a new look in a bloodline we want to maintain. For example we have a family of hatch that we want to keep, but at the same time we desire to make them black in plumage. What we do is breed the hatch to a black family. The off-spring will have 1/2 blood of the hatch but will be black in plumage. If we breed these blacks back to the hatch family we will get some blacks that are ¾ hatch.

Continuous back breeding to the hatch side will produce chickens that are almost pure of the hatch family but are black in plumage. Intervention differs from infusion in purpose. In infusion, we want the new blood to perish without trace. In intervention we want to keep in the old bloodline the new trait we introduce.

Like infusion, intervention would not be tempting to practical breeders as it is likewise time consuming and will not serve any practical purpose.

At any rate, however, it is fund to give it a try someday.(Subscribe to Roosterman http://manapub.wordpress.com/)

Process of forming a bloodline

Posted by Rey Bajenting on February 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The process of forming a new bloodline we can call our own invariably involves inbreeding at some point but maintaining said new bloodline calls for out breeding, no longer inbreeding. The process advocated by Dr. Andrew Bunan is as follows:

· Cross breed until you hit a cross that possesses the qualities you desire for a new bloodline.

· Inbreed in order to purify the desired traits and promote consistency.

· Separate the inbred into different families. Over time or after six generations these separate families will become unrelated to one another.

· Mate or outbreed individuals from one family with individuals from the other families in the process maintaining the bloodline’s composition but avoiding inbreeding.

This is the best process, a model on how to form a new bloodline. Individuals produced in this manner are not only pure as far as traits are concerned but also pure as far as bloodline composition. The process will, however, take time. It may take at least seven years, often more-- too long for practical purposes. Traditional breeders do this. They would say “to protect the integrity of our bloodline.” Another phrase oft-repeated by traditional breeders is “I have kept this bloodline for so many years without any infusion.” As a practical breeder, I doubt if it could be done without severe deterioration or breakdown of the line. But true or not, right or wrong these phrases always add significance to their bloodlines to the eyes of a potential buyer or newcomers to the game.

But again, for practical breeders, what is important is to purify the desired traits, not the bloodline. If purifying attributes and characteristics will do the trick, why bother doing for so many years what you could achieve in one or two? My personal opinion is that what Dr. Bunan presented was a perfect model for traditional and serious breeders. In RB Sugbo, we came up with some sort of a happy compromise. Our brood fowl are at least twice inbred. But we don’t go to the extent of going the full route of five to six generations of inbreeding. The longer you inbred, the higher the risk of depression and the lower the increase in the degree of being pure.

After two or three generations of inbreeding we already consider our fowl practical pure as far as the genetic composition is concerned. But we will not use or pass them on as brood fowl unless we are satisfied that they are also practical pure as far as our purifying traits and characteristics is concerned

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Artificially hatched but naturally brood

Posted by Rey Bajenting on January 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

            At RB Sugbo, incubation is either by natural or artificial. Mostly by artificial method of setting and hatching eggs by electric incubators. Our hatcheries are by GLITech, of Gilbert L. Inisin. RB Sugbo and GLITech have been collaborating and working together in discovering the better systems and designs in incubation technology.


Brooding is also both by natural—hen brooding, or artificial. In this respect, we find natural hen brooding as the better method. Thus, most of our chicks are hen brood.

Once a hen gets broody and set to start setting eggs, we put back some of the stored eggs on the nest for the hen to set. At the same time, we also place a number of eggs in the artificial incubator, whether hers or from other hens. The naturally set eggs and those in the incubator will hatch at about the same time. At night we put in the nest the artificially hatched chicks along with the hen hatched. The following morning, the hen will be misled into believing all the chicks are hers and will take care of all of them. However, care should be taken that the chicks are of similar color as some hens kill different-looking chicks. 

This method will save time for some hens. Some of the hens will not have to sit on their own eggs as the eggs are artifically incubated, thus they can be prepared immediately for the next clutch of eggs and insemination. These hens are also spared from brooding chicks, a process that will take at least a month of their time.

In the first two weeks, hen and chicks are kept in enclosures that will protect the chicks from rain and bad weather. These little houses are floorless and movable. The hen is tethered so it cannot partake on the feed for the chicks.

After two weeks, the chicks may be allowed outside by opening a door. The hen remains tethered inside so the chicks will not venture too far away. Soon the hens shall likewise be allowed outside so mother and chicks can now roam farther. At night hen and chicks get back to the house for protection from weather and predators.

Throughtout the brooding period, no anti-biotic is given, unless very necessary, when an outbreak occurs or clear manifestation of illness is seen in the flock. otherwise probiotics is freely given to both hen and chicks.

   When the chicks are separated from the hen, they go to the range area.



Better and proper way of raising chickens

Posted by Rey Bajenting on January 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We now all know of the harms in the common practice of overuse of antibiotics, chemicals and non-biodegradable materials in the process of raising chickens, including, to large extend, the raising of game fowl. We ought to do something about it. We owe it not only to our chickens but also to ecology itself. Therefore, Masang Nagmamanok (MANA) must at least contribute something about it.


As a movement advocating for the promotion of the interest and welfare of common sabungeros and chicken raisers, MANA has to launch an information campaign to encourage application of organic practices and biodynamic in the chicken raising industry; more particularly among game fowl breeders.


I know it is a David-Goliath match up, as the commercial aspect of the game fowl industry is dominated, if not controlled by companies manufacturing, distributing or retailing antibiotics and chemicals, however, I, as founder and, I believe, likewise the other prime movers of MANA are unfazed. We know it may take time but it will ultimately pay off. The transition will be gradual, not radical, yet it will move on.


MANA does things by advocacy, and, we know it will take time for advocacy, especially for an advocacy for change, to sink in. It is enough that we started it, it doesn’t matter who will see it to completion.


Nevertheless, the alternative technology we are advocating will make use of the principles of organic and biological farming. It avoids the application of antibiotics, moreover for preventive purposes. Instead it recognizes the relevance of pre-biotics and pro-biotics.


MANA is hoping, though, that the process of convincing breeders to shift to bio-organic practices will not take as long as feared. The bottom line for breeders is the performance of their bloodlines. Breeders will adopt it sooner than later, if they come to realize that bio-technology is much better than the slow-poisoning of chickens with antibiotics and chemicals.


After all, we are confident, the bio-technology we are promoting is much better way of raising chickens than what drug companies had been teaching us for years. That much, we are sure of.


Biodynamic chicken-raising is a holistic approach taking into consideration the development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and the chickens that thrive on the system. Let's take, for example the ranging aspect. The grass, plants and microorganisms that will benefit from the improvement of the ecosystem will then be eaten by the chickens on the range, boosting the immune system and promoting health and wellness.


Compare this to chickens that were given antibiotics from day one, even if there was no sign or danger of disease. Imagine the toxins that it will carry inside its system throughout its life? It is even harmful to broilers despite they only have to live for a few weeks, and they are not designed to perform well in combat. In fact, broilers are designed to grow fast and fat, and get killed. Indeed, one purpose of giving lots of antibiotics is to further fast growth.


Thus, all together, how much more damaging the situation is to game fowl, which are designed to do combat and therefore should be lean, mean and strong to stay alive?


We hope it will not be long and breeders and conditioners will come to realize that bio technology on chickens is the much better way and also the proper way. Not only we can produce better chickens, it is also but proper that we, sabungeros, should be concerned with ecological and environmental issues—part of our social responsibility. ( More on this on next issue of roosterman magazine. To subscribe to roosterman for free click: http://manapub.wordpress.com/ ;)

 


 

Mayet, an attractive lure

Posted by Rey Bajenting on January 4, 2012 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

A few days before Christmas, sabungeros who were constant followers of the sabong communities on Facebook were shaken by a post coming from the much admired breeder of the Ormoc gold bloodline, Bernie Tacoy, no less. The post was supported by graphic portraying the widow of Emoy Gorgonia, Mayet, as a swindler.


Not a few were taken aback. Ms. Gorgonia, Allyson Yu on Facebook, is now the host of the popular Tukaan TV show which her late husband founded and nurtured into becoming the leading game fowl TV show at the time of his death. Ms. Yu is a celebrity. She has hordes of fans following her on the show. Her elegant looks definitely worked for Tukaan.


She a swindler? No way, at least at first glance.


The accuser, on the other hand, is not just anybody. Bernie Tacoy is Bernie Tacoy, likewise admired and respected. And, he said Mayet and one James Morales swindled him of chickens and money. If Bernie said so, then it must be true. He is a respected breeder and cocker as such he ought to be always true to his words and careful with words.


Yet, he said Allyson is a swindler. And, she denied it. Therefore, only one of them must be right, the other must be wrong? Or is there a possibility that, by some twist, both of them are right?


Let’s get to that later. Let's deal with the present. The situation now is pending resolution of whether she’s a swindler or not, the fact is her reputation has been damaged.


Comments on FB have been divided between those who condemned her and those who supported her. The anti-Mayet in the FB sabong community did not necessarily outnumber the pro- Mayet, but they were more intense and would post their passionate comments at every opportunity they saw; whereas, the Mayet believers were more spontaneous in their reactions. They only posted comments whenever they found it necessary, in reaction to a particular thread or topic, or, to a particular post at the time.


The catch here is that public opinion might be formed out of arguments that are vehement, rather than from views that are prevalent. If such is the case, then Ms. Yu might be judged guilty before the bar of public opinion.


I believe, there is but a thin line that divides seeking redress for grievance and conducting malicious smear campaign. One may cite the former to effect the latter; much like, invoking justice to exact vengeance.


Lest, I be misunderstood, I am neither judging the accused here nor attributing ill-motives to the accuser. After all, I can see that Bernie has valid gripes to ventilate, and that one James Morales has a lot of explaining to do. Besides, Bernie’s motive, according to him, was not to defame Mayet but to warn others for fear it could happen to them.


The only question left to be resolved: was Mayet an unwitting enticement or a willing attractive lure. Either way, with her stature and looks, and as she said, her trusting self she could really get things going the way of a professional con-man. Whether she's aware of this or not, the fact is she could disarm men into lowering their guard.


It is just a pity that two idols and icons of the sabong community might end up destroying each other, just because a filthy scum managed to squeeze in between them. If only Mr. Bernie and Ms. Mayet can instead join forces in going after this scum’s throat. 

 

(This commentary is also published in Roosterman Magazine's special report on the Tacoy-Gorgonia controversy. There are more. To read the special report, due for release Jan. 6, 2012, subscribe to Roosterman. Just click http://manapub.wordpress.com/ ;)

 

The net, marvelous and dangerous

Posted by Rey Bajenting on December 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Who can question the marvel the web could do? Through the internet, information changes hands as quick as the eye can discern. But, so do dis-and-mis-information, and scams.


Who can prevent any one from spreading through the web derogatory comments against even the most innocent among us? In the first place the target may not even be able to read and thus know about the disinformation, much less react. Reacting may not even do much because the attackers can just repeat or add more accusations. The victim can hardly file a case because aside from the physical distance involved, there is the question of where to file a case. Libel laws defer from one country to another. In the Philippines, libel cases can be filed either at the place where the statement was made or at any place where the statement was read. However, there is still no clear cut law in the Philippines when it comes to dealing libelous statements made on the internet. Of course, the same libel laws may apply, but the fact is most derogatory statements are made under false names or just handles or user names. Unlike in the print publications wherein in such event that a writer uses a pen name there’s always a way of knowing his real identity. Also one can file cases against the editor and publishers too. How about on the web? Nothing of this sort.


A recent case that attracted this corner’s attention was that involving breeder, Jayson Garces, of Cebu, Philippines, who enjoys a sizable following on Face Book. His FB account was duplicated and faked by someone who then sold chicken as if he were the real Jayson Garces. Trouble was that there were no chicken delivered to the buyers/victims. It took some time and a number of complaints received that the true Jayson Garces realized that he had an impostor. Imagine the damage on the credibility of the genuine Jayson without his knowing it?


That is the trouble with social network sites. Anybody can just post practically anything if he has an account. And, any body can open an account even under a false or some body else’s name. And, do anything he want in the guise of that name.


(This piece is also published in the Tilaok section of Roosterman No. 11. Roosterman magazine is back in circulation to subscribe for FREE or download a copy go to http: http://manapub.wordpress.com/

 


How to enjoy breeding

Posted by Rey Bajenting on December 9, 2011 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (8)

 Whether you are a dogmatic (traditional) or pragmatic (practical) breeder, it is always wise, however, to heed the advice of Mayor Juancho Aguirre, the legendary breeder of the lemon guapo and the Aguirre grey, that there is only one way to start it right. Mayor Aguirre meant: Start right by getting the best materials from reliable sources because it will cost about as much to produce and raise mediocre chickens as real good ones. And, that the greatest reward in breeding the game fowl is in knowing you are doing it correctly.

 

Basic genetics

 What the good mayor said was the rationale or why we should start with good materials. To do it, however, aspiring breeders of game fowl should first possess knowledge in basic genetics. This comprehension of fundamentals will help us determine what a good material is and be able to acquire them as Mayor Aguirre and other authorities on breeding suggest. Genetics, the science that governs reproduction of genes, is a complicated study on how genes are passed on from one generation to the next. The complexity of genetics is one reason why game fowl breeding is not a simple matter. No breeder, regardless of ability and resources, can be certain of the outcome of a mating. Because of this, breeding is regarded as the highest form of involvement in the chicken sport. It is not easy to become a successful breeder. But this should not discourage us from taking up the challenge and perhaps the satisfaction in creating bloodlines of our own name and liking.


In cockfighting breeding is of utmost importance. It is the chickens’ foundation. Other factors that will contribute in enhancing the good traits set by successful breeding are environment, nutrition and exercise.


The point is even small chicken raisers have the right to enjoy every aspect of sabong, including breeding. Also, because at any rate, breeding the game fowl, may it be for big time or backyard, can be a source of additional income. Genetics is important. But it doesn’t mean we have to earn a master or doctorate in genetics in order to be able to breed the game fowl. Basic knowledge in genetics and a lot of common sense would be enough. We need fundamental knowledge in genetics in order to enjoy and get satisfaction from what we are doing. We cannot enjoy doing something we are ignorant of. Basic knowledge will enable us to set genetic objectives that we can use as yardstick to determine whether we had succeeded or failed. Such objectives could be simple like producing chickens with straight comb. Or complex like combining different fighting traits to produce roosters with power, speed, flight and shuffle--attributes that might be opposites but might yet converge in a bloodline. Without essential knowledge or if we are ignorant of genetics we will not know how to start toward our goal, or we will not even be able to formulate a goal. (This is part of the book "Guide to Practical Breeding." You may get a free copy-PDF just email rbsugbo@yahoo.com) 


Great champions are made

Posted by Rey Bajenting on November 16, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Good fighters are born,

champions are made

by Rey Bajenting

 


No doubt the great Manny Pacquiao was brought to this world with the inborn flair to box, hit and knock other guys out to kingdom come. No doubt Pacquiao’s natural capabilities were already exceptional. However, his raw capabilities would not have been enough to bring him to where he is right now. Manny Pacquiao was born a talented fighter but a great champion he was made. He was made great by his training team headed by Freddie Roach.


Thus, when Manny struggled to win a yet another contested victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, the same team, Roach and company, took the blame for the people champ’s comparatively lackluster performance. Indeed, Manny, the congressman was nowhere near his best that night in the ring as a fighter against Marquez. That led to speculations that he is over the hill and approaching the end of his career. Well, it could be too early to say, but talks immediately went from Manny the fighter to Manny the politician. Many experts said he could not be both.


Mega-boxing promoter Bob Arum had talked about Cong. Manny Pacquiao for president? Well, of course nobody has taken it seriously, at least for now. But again, we may also consider that Cong Manny is a born politician (not in the derogatory connotation of the word politician). He has a kind heart and friendly manners. So he could easily learn to be a good leader. Also, he is no stranger to the ways of the common man. This is a constructive quality of a public servant, for always it takes one to understand one.


And another thing, the distance between The House of Representatives and Malacanang is nothing if measured against the vast divide he had conquered in his arduous journey from the dark streets of General Santos, to the bright spotlights of Texas and Nevada, then, to the equally dazzling halls of Congress.


If good fighters are born and champions are made, in the same manner, politicians are born but leaders are made.


Yes, talent is innate, yet, it has to be cultivated. Good chickens are hatched; good qualities are inherited by the offspring from the parents. But these qualities will not manifest later if the offspring is not raised or conditioned properly. Under many circumstances, along the way, excellent genotype may not necessarily translate to excellent phenotype.


The point here is: could Manny Pacquiao, be yet turned into a good leader by some different sort of handlers.

 



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