raising goats

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)

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.

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