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Padre Garcia, Batangas: The Capital of Cattle Trading

Beef lover? Find out more about the Cattle Trading in Padre Garcia, Batangas.

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Many in the Philippines can be exchanged by traders, but the town of Padre Garcia, Batangas is said to be one of the largest cattle trade.

Trading activities at the Padre Garcia Livestock Auction Market in Batangas will soon be conducted in a systematic and convenient manner, utilizing modern weighing scales and upgraded facilities and structures to ensure fair exchange between sellers and buyers.

Padre Garcia is the largest of the nation’s with more than 150 livestock auction markets. On a market day, the average sale of throughput is 2,000 head of cattle, 1,500 head of carabao, 700 head of goat, 220 horses, and 800 head of chicken, according to LDC.

What is Padre Garcia Known for?

Padre Garcia is known as the home of the country’s largest Livestock Auction market in the province of Batangas. The town was originally known as Lumang Bayan or Sambat and was a part of Rosario. It became a separate municipality in 1949, with Jose A. Pesigan and Rustico K. Recto elected as the first mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

The town’s name is derived from one of its most famous sons, Padre Vicente Garcia, who was born in Barangay Maugat. He was among the first to defend Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere. He and Rizal were friends during the period when they were fighting for the independence of the Philippines from Spain.

Padre Garcia is one of the 32 municipalities in Batangas Province, located in the province’s east. Lipa City borders it on the north, the Municipality of San Antonio, Quezon on the east, Rosario on the south, and Lipa City and Rosario on the west.

Now that you know what Padre Garcia is well-known for, let’s now take a deeper look at trades that are going on in this area.

Cattle Trading Industry In Batangas

Cattle trading is not an easy task. While sellers must be persuasive, buyers must have an “eye” for estimating or naming their price. Otherwise, they enlist the help of an agent to trade for them.

Handshakes are a good way to seal a deal. Following that, both the seller and the buyer arrange for the transfer of ownership of the merchandise at the market’s business office.

Cattles are labeled to indicate who owns which, and the numerals indicate the number of sales. The cost of an animal is determined by its use, whether it is for meat production or as patabain. In any case, prices start at around 35K.

Cattle meat is synonymous with beef. Batangas is well known for producing high-quality cattle. Because of volcanic eruptions, a cool climate, and good terrain, the province is endowed with fertile land. It was once said that cattle were fed a diet of corn, mongo beans, rice bran, salt, and molasses, which resulted in beef that was cherry red in color, tender, and juicy and nowadays,  a big number  are grass fed and not as tender as in the past.

Livestock Auction Market in Padre Garcia

The Padre Garcia Livestock Auction Market is where the actual cattle trading happens, bustling with activity early on Friday mornings. On Fridays, livestock (mostly cattle, but also carabao, horses, pigs, and goats) are sold in a large open area across from the market stalls selling thick ropes and other farm implements. Traditionally, the buyer purchases a rope to accompany his purchase.

Padre Garcia’s livestock market began almost 70 years ago, shortly after the municipality was established. The market is now regarded as a major economic contributor to the town’s coffers, bringing in nearly 12 million pesos per year.

The town’s livestock auction market began in the 1950s, serving small and large animal traders from Pangasinan, Masbate, Marinduque, and Bicol. Their livestock auction market transaction is handled through agreed-upon prices between seller and buyer rather than through bidding. 

Locals’ traditional practice is to price each animal commodity based on an estimation scheme known as “mata-mata,” as weighing is no longer feasible due to the volume of daily transactions. There is a holding area to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals.

People in auction market use different methods just to trade and negotiate the sale of cattle.

For cattle lovers out there, why don’t you try visiting Padre Garcia where cattle trades take place and enjoy your time exploring the place! See you there!

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