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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)

Why Goat’s Milk Is Better Than Cow’s Milk

Goat’s milk is a much healthier alternative, especially when it is raw and organic. Goats produce about 2% of the global milk supply and it is interesting that most of the populations of people who consume goat milks cite a lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints. Here are some of the major benefits why you need to drink goat’s milk.

 

1. Easier to digest

While the fat content of cow and goat’s milk is similar, the fat globules in goat’s milk are smaller, making it easier for your body to digest. Once it reaches your stomach, the protein in goat’s milk forms a softer curd than cow’s milk ­— only about 2 percent of goat’s milk is curd, compared to about 10 percent in cow’s milk — helping your body digest it with less irritation than cow’s milk.

Goat’s milk is also lower in lactose, or milk sugars than cow’s milk. A lot of people aren’t lactose intolerant and they simply have trouble digesting cow’s milk and aren’t actually allergic to lactose — goat’s milk can be a viable option.

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2. Fewer allergenic proteins and cause less inflammation

Most people who are intolerant of cow’s milk are actually sensitive to one of the proteins found in it, A1 casein, and lack the ability to digest A1. In addition, cow’s milk is the number one allergy among children and can persist throughout adulthood. That’s because it contains more than 20 different allergens (including A1 casein) that can cause allergic reactions — often confused for seasonal allergy symptoms — which can range from hives and runny noses to abdominal cramping and colic in babies.

So what’s the big deal with A1 casein? This protein is highly inflammatory for some people, and inflammation is at the root of most diseases. A1 casein can contribute to gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, leaky gut and colitis — and some less obvious problems, like acne, autoimmune diseases and skin issues like eczema.

While there are some cows who don’t produce A1 casein, namely Jersey and Guernsey cows, the majority of bovines in the U.S., Western Europe and Australia are Holstein and Fresian, which are A1 casein producers.

On the contrary, milk that contains mostly or exclusively A2 casein produces none of these inflammatory effects. Goat’s milk contains only A2 casein, making it, protein-wise, the closest milk to human breast milk. In fact, one study suggests that goat’s milk, when used as the first protein after breastfeeding, is less allergenic for babies than cow’s milk.

3. High in calcium and fatty acids but low in cholesterol

While cow’s milk is often touted as one of the main calcium-rich foods, there’s no need to worry about not getting enough of calcium when switching to goat’s milk. It’s actually richer in the mineral, with about 33 percent of the daily recommended value versus 28 percent in cow’s milk.

Goat’s milk also has high levels medium-chain fatty acids — 30–35 percent as opposed to 15–20 percent in cow’s milk. These fatty acids provide an energy boost that isn’t stored as body fat, help lower cholesterol, and can even help treat conditions like coronary diseases and intestinal disorders.
But wait, there’s more! Goat’s milk helps increase “good” cholesterol levels while reducing the bad ones. In fact, it’s got healing properties similar to olive oil and is recommended for keeping high cholesterol in check.

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4. Good for skin

The fatty acids and triglycerides found in goat’s milk not only keep your insides running smoothly, but they help you look great on the outside, too. Their moisturizing qualities help keep skin baby soft. Goat’s milk also has high levels of vitamin A, which can improve your complexion, fight acne and improve overall skin health. In fact, it should be considered one of the home remedies for acne. The lactic acid found in goat’s milk helps get rid your body of dead skin cells and brighten skin tone; no more oily face!

Because goat’s milk has a pH level similar to humans, it’s absorbed by the skin with less irritation and helps keep bacteria at bay (goodbye, pimples!).

5. Absorbable nutrients and minerals better than cow’s milk

Moo-ve over, cows. While goat and cow milk might rank similarly for mineral content, goat’s milk might still be the winner.

That’s because early studies have found that nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous were more easily digested and used by the body in goat’s milk than cow’s milk. Because of the bioavailability of these minerals, goat’s milk also looks promising for treatment of nutritional deficiencies like anemia and bone demineralization. In addition, it can help address all-too-common iron deficiency and magnesium deficiency.

In fact, researchers suggest that goat’s milk should be consumed regularly by individuals with malabsorption issues, anemia, osteoporosis or prolonged treatments with iron supplements.

Regularly intake of goat’s milk enhances the body’s ability to use iron and boosts regeneration of hemoglobin, making it a safe and natural way to treat osteoporosis and combat anaemia. The high levels of zinc and selenium found in goat’s milk also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases. It is also a key essential mineral in keeping the immune system strong and functioning normally.

1 Glass of goat’s milk has the following nutrients:

Calories: 168
Saturated Fat: 6.5 grams / 33 percent DV*
Carbohydrates: 11 grams / 4 percent DV
Protein: 10.9 grams / 4 percent DV
Cholesterol: 27 milligrams / 9 percent DV
Sugars: 11 grams
Sodium: 12 milligrams / 5 percent DV

 

Minerals

Calcium: 327 milligrams / 33 percent DV
Phosphorous: 271 milligrams / 27 percent DV
Magnesium: 34.2 milligrams / 9 percent DV
Potassium: 498 milligrams / 14 percent DV
Copper: 0.1 milligrams / 6 percent DV
Zinc: 0.7 milligrams / 5 percent DV

 

Vitamins

Vitamin A: 483 IU / 10 percent DV
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.3 milligrams / 20 percent DV
Vitamin C: 3.2 milligrams / 5 percent DV
Vitamin D: 29.3 IU / 7 percent DV

*Recommended Daily Value

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