Fourteen farmer cooperators who started a dairy goat project at Barangay Payawan here recently completed their exposure trips to three provinces in Northern Luzon to gain more knowledge and insights in the successful implementation and management of their endeavor.
Accompanied by Dr. Gloria Evangelio of the Ifugao Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), the farmer cooperators first visited the Small Ruminant Center and Dairy Processing Center at the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija then to the Agriculture Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Metro Manila, to the Alaminos Goat Farm in Alaminos, Laguna, the Mendoza Goat Farm in Tarlac City and the JSJ Farm at Gerona, Tarlac. They also got some plants in CLSU which they can propagate for forage of their dairy goats.
The farmers said they learned many things from their exposure trip which they can use in their project and which they can also share to those interested in venturing to dairy goat production.
The dairy goat project started July this year from the P1 million Countrywide Development Fund of Ifugao Congressman Teddy Baguilat Jr. and P500,000 subsidy from the provincial government. This budget was alloted for the training of the farmers in dairy goat raising and the procurement of 126 does and 14 bucks that were given to the farmers as loans.
Each farmer was given nine does and one buck which they will expand by 2012 next year to reach the desired module of 24 does and 1 buck or a population herd of at least 300 does that can be sufficient to produce milk for the dairy project.
The loan will be repaid over a three year period in the form of breeder stocks which will also be given to interested farmers.