My guard, my goat keeper
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) is pilot-testing its goat raising project by tapping 14 of its security guards as goat keepers.
The project seeks to prove that goats could be raised even with little resources.
The goats – five does and one junior buck, all Anglo Nubians – came from the Small Ruminant Center of the Central Luzon State University.
Under the agreement, the guards will feed the goats, gather grasses and legumes, maintain the forage garden during dry days, clean the dry surroundings and pack dry manure.
They were also tasked to let the goats roam within the loafing area during sunny days, repair the pen and fence, and install pen covers to protect the goats during bad weather.
They will have to record information on the farm such as date of breeding, kidding, number and weight of kids, as well as the weights of kids over time and symptoms of diseases.
To avoid compromising guard duties, two off-duty personnel will to tend the goats for about an hour per day.
The guards and DOST-PCAARRD shall equally share the offspring of every doe, ensuring that the female kids are shared.
They can sell the male goats once they reach six to eight months and keep the good quality females to serve as new female breeders or milkers in the future. They can also sell processed manure and the forage planting materials, and eventually the goat’s milk.