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JALISCO EXPORTS BULL FROG MEAT TO THE UNITED

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Puerto Vallarta, Jal.- Fifteen years ago, bull frog meat was something entirely unknown in Jalisco. Now a days, this amphibious can be found in 15 cattle farms in Jalisco, and some owners have already started to export its meat to United States; which means a substantial development for the cattle farmers, said Ruben Ruiz Medina, Biologist Promoter for Jalisco Secretary of Rural Development.

He also said that that exportation is done through a Queretaro company, certified for this purpose. Bull frog meat exportation from Jalisco’s cattle farms is a big incentive to consolidate its reproduction and to increase the supply and demand of this meat, in the local, as well as in the international market.
The yearly volume that these Jalisco cattle farms generate are of about 20 tons, out of which two were exported last year, while to this date in 2015; half a ton has already been exported.

The good results that one can see in this kind of business make farmers look at this activity a very lucrative one, in such a way that there are three new cattle farm projects already under construction, some with a capacity of producing 20 tons of meet per year.

Ruiz Medina emphasized that an expert in bull frog breeder can produce a kilo of meat for an average of 60 pesos, and could sell it for 140 pesos. However, he did say that for the business to be sufficiently profitable, each farm requires to produce at least two tons of meat a year.

Another alternative is to sell the bull frog live; they can be sold for 90 to 100 pesos a kilo. Demand for the live specimen can be found especially at Science, Medical-biologist kind of educational institutions, since the anatomy configuration of the animal lends itself to experimentation.

As a fact, SEDER biologist mentioned that there is currently a demand of 60 to 80 animals a year in the United States; which represents a valuable niche for business in the bull frog breeding in Mexico, of which Jalisco is already part.

He also pointed out that there are some technical demands which are hard to avoid, such as the dimension of the installations, which required sheltered space of 300 to 350 square meters to generate a proper surrounding for breeding, and the control of humidity, temperature, lighting and water quality, among other things.

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