Goat Farming

Why Be Dairy Goat Agripreneur?

Goats eat less and occupy less grazing space compared to cattle that is why they are considered to be “the poor man’s cow”. a lot of families opt to keep them in their backyard as a way to provide the family’s needs, and for a long time, people have thought that goats have limited opportunities especially since the Philippines is not mainly a “goat eating” country, but it has been recently proven to be false by a group of modern farmers as they have tapped on a gap in the market for the unrecognized potential of goat farming.

 

 

This business dynamic that was created by the Dexter Villamin, President and Founder of DV Boer Farm is a unique concept which enables people who have always had an interest in farming – or what we would like to call those who are “farmers by heart” – to fulfill their dream of having a farm to come home to and enjoy seeing farm animals that they can call their own – without the hassle of taking care of them.

 

“Pa-iwi” or “pa-alaga” has always been practiced in rural communities. This concept is a partnership built on trust between the capitalist, a person who can fund the initial requirements needed for the raising of livestock and buying the livestock itself, and the“manager” who has the necessary space requirement needed, the capability, and time to feed and look after the overall welfare of the livestock. The individuals come into an agreement and split the profit that will come after the harvest, wherein the livestock may be either sold or slaughtered.

 

 

 

DV Boer Farm revolutionized this pa-iwi system and turned it into large scale farming, where animals are sold in “packages” for a certain amount and has a standard return on investment depending on the package chosen. “Pa-iwi partners” (a term coined for those who participate in the program) are welcomed into the company as part owners of the livestock, which will allow them to enjoy the benefits of having a farm where they will always be warmly welcomed by our fellow farmers. But aside from the profitable income, Pa-Iwi Partners will be able to help realize DV Boer Farm’s vision of alleviating the standard of living of all our Filipino farmers.

 

Farmcradle was the first accredited subfarm of DV Boer Farm. The farm is situated in the beautiful province of Pangasinan, in the town of Balungao, it focuses on the dairy goat raising program where they have different goat breeds like British Alpines, Saanens, Anglo Nubians, and Lamanchas which are sourced both locally and  abroad – specifically Australia. The imported goats are taken care of award winning breeders and champion bloodlines, which ensures the quality of the stock. When you visit the farm, you will be greeted by courteous staff who will make you feel welcome and the occasional baby goats that wear pajamas.

 

 

What’s in the Milk?

 

Goat’s milk is said to be a better alternative when it comes to human consumption due to its high nutritional content (13 percent more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more Vitamin A, 134 percent more potassium, 3 times more niacin, and four times higher in copper compared to cow’s milk) and the absence of Agglutinin, a substance that causes particles to set and form a thickened mass, which makes it easier to digest compared to cow’s milk.

 

Although Farmcradle is at the initial stage of creating the supply for the goat’s milk, the company sees the potential and the value that can be added into the plain harvested milk. By expanding the operations to cheese-making, ice cream making, and much more, the company will be able to make more people realize nature’s gift in which these beautiful dairy goats can offer, while creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for the animals as well.

 

The company has begun creating a variety of products from soaps, lotions and oil essences in order to create more job opportunities and livelihood projects for the people residing in Pangasinan, and through these game-changing moves, Farmcradle  will be able to help the realization of the advocacy that DV Boer Farm and the other sub-farms are striving for: to be able to provide fresh, low-cost meat, farm and dairy products to the tables of all Filipino families, as a solution for the country’s problems in malnutrition, health complications and high importation of goods, thereby promoting sustainability for the whole country.

 

 

How to be a farmcradle’s dairy goat agripreneur?

To know more about our programs, you may find out more information on the link below:

How to be a Pa-Iwi Partner at Farmcradle

 

other profitable livelihood programs:

Currrently, Farmcradle offers 3 programs available to its subfarms as well:

 

  • – Dairy Goat Pa-Iwi Program (Available at Farmcradle Balungao)
    – Cattle Affineur (Available a Farmcradle, Balungaom Pangasinan and El Rancho De Los Ben, Umingan, Pangasinan)
    – Cattle Surrogate Program (Available at El Rancho De Los Ben)

What Makes A Suitable Goat Housing

A suitable goat housing or shelter is very important for goat farming business. Because goats also need house like other domestic animals for staying at night, security, preventing them from adverse climate, such as rain, cold, sunlight etc. Some people used to keep their goats with other domestic animals such as cow, sheep etc. In other areas, people used to keep their goats under trees or in an area with fence and with shade. However, if you want to establish a profitable commercial goat farm, then you must have to build a suitable house or a facility for your goats. Before building house for goats, read the following tips very carefully.

1. Goat don’t want damp or wet environment. Try to select a dry and higher place for making the goat house. Make sure that the chosen goat housing area is high enough to keep the goats safe from floods.
2. Ensure that the floor of the house is always dry.
3. There should be adequate air and light inside the house.
4. The house should be built in such a way that is very suitable to control the temperature and moisture such as – areas can be covered or opened.
5. The house should not be damp. Damping may cause various diseases to goats as it is very suitable environment for bacterial growth.
6. Avoid the rain to enter inside the house.
7. Walls of the house must be covered using concrete (expensive) or by using bamboo poles (economical).
8. Goat house must be strong and comfortable.
9. A space is needed as well inside the house for taking rest.
10. There should be a facility that you can use to clean the house such as access to water and cleaning items.
11. Goats fear cold and water. Take extra care in rainy or cold season. Otherwise they may catch colds or pneumonia.

Types of Goat Houses

There are many ways on how to design your goat house. Specific goat housing design is suitable for goat production purposes.

Goat Housing Over Ground

Generally,this type of houses are made over the ground. This is the most common house for goats. You can make the floor of this type of goat house with brick and cement or simply with soil. You can surround the perimeter as well with fences. It will be better, if you can spread some dry straw over the floor in this housing system. But you must have to keep the house dry and clean always.

Goat House Over The Ground

Goat Housing Over Pole

This type of houses are made over pole. The floor of the house heights about 1 to 1.5 meters (3.5 to 5 ft) from the ground. This type of house keeps the goat free from damping condition, flood water parasites, etc. The poles and floor in this housing system are usually made with bamboo or wood. This types of house is very suitable for goat farming, because it is very easy to clean. And you can easily clean the closet and urine of goat form the house. Diseases are also less in this housing system.

Goat House Over Pole
Farm Cradle Goat House
Actual Goat House of Farm Cradle, San Raymundo Balungao, Pangasinan (Ongoing Construction)

Concrete House

This types of goat houses are fully made with concrete, and slightly expensive. But concrete houses have many advantages. It is very easy to clean the house, and easy to always keep your goats safe from all types of predators. You can construct the house over ground or over concrete poles. Both types are easily maintained. Diseases are less in this housing system. But it is very expensive method of goat housing.

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Required Space for Goats

In accordance with increasing the body size and weight of goats, they require more space. A house of 1.8 meter *1.8 meter* 2.5 meter (5.5 ft * 5.5 ft * 8.5 ft) is suitable enough for housing 10 small goats. Every adult goat needs about 0.75 meter * 4.5 meter * 4.8 meter housing space. Every goat needs 2.4 meter * 1.8 meter housing space. Try to consider if the goats that you want to take care of are big or small breeds. It is preferable, if you can keep the nursing and pregnant goats separately. You can extend or decrease the area of goat house according to the number of goat in your farm. But keep in mind that, every goat needs their required space for proper growing and better production.

Chart of Required Space for Goats According to Their Age and Nature

Goat Required                     Space (Square Meter)

Baby Goat                               0.3
Adult Goat                              1.5
Pregnant Goat                        1.9
Billy Goat                                2.8

While building house for your goats, always emphasis on the comfort of your goats. Ensure that, your goats are living happily inside their house, and the house is suitable enough to keep them free from adverse weather and all types of predators.

23 Photos That Prove Goats Have Incredible Cliff-Climbing Skills

I suppose you all knew that goats are amazing climbers. Since it’s their instinct. Goat Climbing around cliffs are just normal for these goats. It’s literally insane and makes you wonder how the hell did they do it? Crazy!

The cliffs they spend most of their lives on confer numerous benefits, including protection from land predators, foraging, and access to mineral licks. The harsh winds that sweep these cliffs clear of snow also expose the hardy grasses that these goats eat as well as the exposed mineral salts that they like to lick. Some of the goats pictures here are Rocky Mountain goats from the U.S. This species is technically a goat-antelope, but the other goats pictured here, like the alpine ibex or the chamoix, are true goats.

They have special adaptations that allow them to walk navigate their steep mountainous environments with ease. Compared to a horse’s hoof, their hooves are cloven, meaning that they can spread their weight and grasp the ground. The edges of their hooves are stiff and hard while the centers are softer, allowing them to grip tiny cracks or uneven, rocky surfaces. Others even have rough, uneven pads of skin in between their hooves that further help them grip surfaces.

 

 

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Goat Raising Seminar – Learning From The Experts

A very successful event was launched at DV Boer Farm, Lian, Batangas, Philippines and in cooperation of:

Naga City Dairy Goat Farm
Farm Cradle

And in partnership of Australian Government and FGASPAPI. During the event, several speakers shared their expertise in goat raising.

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We are very privileged to have our dear speakers to speak about their expertise in goat farming.

Dr. Boying Llorin explained about Dairy Goats and goats milk- the most nutritious milk that would alleviate malnutrition. He also share his insights regarding Philippine Agriculture.

Below are the topics that Dean Smith (owner of Strzboer Farm and Vice President of BGBAA) discussed:

• Strzboer Background – Experiences, purpose, progression

• Running Boer goats in Australia on a commercial and/or stud basis (brief overview of differences in management and expectations between commercial vs. stud production)

• Who is BGBAA? Requirements for joining BGBAA, registrations, transfer, traceability of animals. NLIS Requirements in Australia.

• Tagging, Disease control – Exporting testing and process

 

Theory Does

Breed Standards Overall
Stud Vs Commerical – Key elements
Observation of Faults – Types of Teats, ears.

Observation and assessments of Does
Conversations of Productivity, Correctness, Birthing problems related to structure of animal.

 

Theory Health Requirements
Vaccination
Worm Control
Breeding Age, Size and Birthing Problems – Preparation and just after

Theory Breed Standards Overall
Stud Vs Commerical – Key elements
Observation of Faults – Types of Teats, ears.
Conversations of productivity, Correctness, Key Characteristics

Observation and assessments Bucks
Conversations of Productivity, Correctness, undesirable breeding faults related to structure of animal Teats, Testies.

General Care and maintenance of Boer goats
Parasite Control
Essential Equipment for management
Movement of animals
Additional Nutritional requirements – Dependent on Location and food sources
Basic Medication
Weaning age and nutrition –
What to keep, What to Sell, When to sell
How to prepare your animals for Showing and Selling
Foot trimming, Grooming, Diet, Taking photos, Equipment you may need.

There was also a question and answer at the end of the talk.

15 Goat’s Playground Ideas For Your Farm

Goats are very active farm creatures. They love to wander around, lounge, or find stuff to head butt. They can be playful especially when they are kids. But even thougn if you have a big land you have for them to roam, they can become bored. Bored goats lead to unhappy goats and unhappy goats, like most farm animals, may become less productive. To fight this boredom, here are some ideas for you if you want to build a goat playground for your animals. It is a great way to keep your goats entertained for hours on end.

 

1. Goat Seesaw

 

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2. Goat Bridges

 

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3.  Goat Tower

 

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4. Tires

 

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5.  Stairs

 

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6. Stairs and Tunnels

 

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7.  Platforms

 

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8. Inclined Structures

 

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9. Giant Playground

 

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10. Mini Goat House and Playground

 

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11. Goat Perch

 

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12. Double Deckers

 

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13. Tree Houses

 

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14. Carved Tree Logs

 

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15. Goat Pen for Climbing

 

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15 Different Types Of Goat Breeds

There are several types of goats all over the world. We have listed the most common goat breeds that can be raised and generally focuses on improving production of fiber, meat, dairy products or goatskin.

DAIRY GOATS

1. Alpine

The Alpine is a medium to large sized breed of domestic goat

30 Benefits of Goat Farming

This is because of its immense contribution to the poor man’s economy. They not only supply nutritious and easily digestible milk to their children but also regular source of additional income for the poor and landless of marginal farmers. Being small-sized animals, goats can easily be managed by women and children. It does not require much feeding and hard work in milking and care of goats. You don’t need a big capital investment and feeding costs are also quite low.

Boer Goats 101

The Boer goat is a breed of goat originated in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Afrikaans (Dutch) word “boer”, meaning farmer. To put it simply, this kind of goat is a “farmer’s goat.”

Boer goats are a popular breed for meat and their breeding season starts in August and runs through December. Mixed goats are best for small herd because of the genetics in boer for meat and the genetics in the other goat.

2 Important Tips for Beginners in Goat Farming

Goat farming is not an all new industry. This form of animal-raising has been practiced for centuries, and there are lots of people from all over the world who are making this as their main source of livelihood. These days, a lot more people are starting to see the benefits and potential profits to be gained from goat farming business. But is this form of animal husbandry as easy as buying goats and crossing your fingers?

Important Tips to Know When Raising Boer Goats

One of the easiest breeds of goats to take care of are Boer Goats, but you still need to know what to do and how.
Boer goats are adabtable. They are able to live in different climates, from hot temperatures to dry climates.  Compared to other breeds, they grow faster and best of all, they are fertile. So if you are thinking

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