“Sa tanan nakong anak, maayo gani naay isa nako ka-laki nga nag-interes sa farming”, Dael sounded like he already succeed as he expressed the statement.
Edwin Ilogon Dael, MPA, the Officer-in-charge of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office in Cagayan de Oro City. Also the current Vice-chairman of Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (NMFDC) and a primary coop member of Lumbia Dairy Farmers Cooperative (LDFC). An environmentalist, a farmer, an active leader, a loving husband, a responsible father and a happy grandfather to his family.
Dael owns a five-hectare land in Sitio Pajeron, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City where he chose to raise goat in dairy farming because of its mountainous landforms. He acquired the land way back 1994 and started his farming on 2015 with seven goats only. Now, he already has 34 goats after two years. One breeder; five milking goats; five kids; nineteen females; and four males which are to be sold. “Dili hasol ang kanding sa dairy farming”, he expressed. Dairy goat farming is not costly compared to cow, and its reproduction is fast according to him. Being small-sized animal, goats require less space for living than cow. Dael built goat pens made with bamboo that is elevated from the ground, in order for them to keep from diseases and fleas. Pens are divided into three; intended for the female’s group, for the kid, and the male’s group.
The farm has Anglo-nubian and Saanen breeds of goat. It is known that goats are pickers on types of forage to eat. Hence, Dael planted his pasture with variety of grass such as Mulato, Napier, Setaria, Mombasa, Arachis Pintoi; and concentrated feeds to maintain the goat’s nutritional needs. Salt licks and fresh water are also made available inside their pens.
Goats love to climb up in nature and a certified wanderlust. But they are only allowed to go out when the land is already dry, “Para maka-iwas sila sa parasite”, Dael said. Deworming of the goats is also done every six months.
Surround the farm are coconut trees, banana, fruit trees and others. As the goat roam around the farm, their manure serve as fertilizer to the other crops. “Mas dagko na ang bunga sa mga lubi karon kumpara sa una”, he stated.
His passion is to encourage people that are involved to mining to convert into farming, “Ma-save pa nato ang kinaiyahan pa-amagi sa farming”, Dael insisted. As he devotes his whole life being an environmentalist, he manages the farm as to sustaining the environment as well. Only half of his acquired land is being utilized to his farm, and the other half is remained as forest for ecological balance. Thus, whenever there is disease infestation from the neighbour barangay, his farm would be protected because of the preserved forest where there is natural-defense occurrence. The farm uses solar power energy for its electric fence and there is rain-harvester for water utilization. Biodegradable wastes from his household are being dumped to compost pit for vermiculture, where the vermi are put under the goat pens. Through this, it would lessen the flies and lessen the unpleasant odor of the pens.
Dael keeps a daily record and monitoring of the goats’ growth and development. Dwarfism of some goat challenges him, yet there is no certain technology intended for dairy goat farming. “Trial and error basis pa ko karon, pero that problem won’t stop me”, he said. Mother goats cannot breastfeed their kid during the day because of their wanderlust nature. So he decided to join the mother goat and the kid at night inside a one pen, so the kid can drink milk from its mother goat. From then, Dael noticed that through the mentioned technique, there is improved height of the kid. Furthermore, he also gets assistance from one of the National Dairy Authority (NDA) technical staff.
Goat’s milk is a much healthier alternative especially it is raw and organic. People who consume goat’s milk cite a lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints. Thus, Dael’s farm produce milk an average of 950 ml per doe daily. It is delivered directly to buyers. For now, Dael focuses on how to increase the number of his goats. More goats, more milk produced in the near future. And soon, it will be used for the other business venture of NMFDC which will utilize the goat’s milk.
Dael’s story is as enthusiastic like a goat’s attitude. Especially now, his son named Edu is learning the dairy goat farming with him. “Mapadayon ug dili jud masayang akong investment”, happily he expressed.