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Anglo Saanen Cross Proving Science Right in the Milking Line
November 30, 2012


The Anglo Saanen cross are proving science right with their over 2.5 kilos of milk per day in the milking line. Hybrid vigor is showing with the solid milk numbers we are recording. The Anglo Saanen cross is the way to go in milking dairy goats in the tropics.

Alaminos Anglo Saanen Cross 004 continue to impress us with her outstanding milk yield. Last November 25, she gave us 5.3 kilos of milk bringing her 35 days in  milk total to 142.4  kilos or an average of 4.07 kilos per day.

AGF 005 is now on her 201 Days in Milk with a total milk yield of 595.6 kilos, that is an average of 2.96 kilos of milk per day.

Another Anglo Saanen Cross, AGF 1533 is also doing good in the milking line. Her first 27 days in milk with a  total of 101 kilos or an average of 3.74 kilos per day.

The target is  to improve  the dairy milk performance of the Anglo Nubians and Saanens in Alaminos.
Emphasis is placed in selecting bucks that comes with pedigree  from proven  top milk performers of the American Dairy Goat Association. Top milk performers were identified from the milk records in their ADGA pedigree records. These became the basis of selection for the bucks  we brought in from the United States this year.

Science is clearly showing us the way how to do it in milking dairy goats. The Anglo Saanen Cross because of hybrid vigor are clear winners. They have adapted very well to the tropical environment. Their  performance in the milking line are very consistent in milk yields, way beyond our expectation.

Alaminos Goat Farm is working hard to bring to commercial numbers the Anglo Saanen Cross milkers before the year ends in 2013. AGF is starting to commercialize the technology developed with the the Alaminos Salad Garden Feeding Program. The Good Genetics part with the hybrid cross of the Anglo Nubians and Saanen  selected as ideal for tropical Philippines. In 2013, we will have a second batch of dairy bucks and doelings from the USA coming.

Big things are going to happen for goat dairying in Tropical Philippines in the coming years with the Anglo Saanen Cross milkers leading the way. Alaminos Goat Farm will be in the middle of all these when it happens, watch us.

 

AGF King James 040 Alpine Buckling and AGF 046 Mr. Max Cameron JP Nubian White Nubian Buckling

 

Mixed Breeds Doing Well in Milk Recording
June 1, 2012


We will use the Alpine Buck, AGF 40 KING JAMES from Redwood Hill and AGF 46, Mr. MAX CAMERON, white JP Nubian buck for our mixed breed next year. We will play with hybrid vigor to produce a triple cross and Anglo Saanen cross. The mixed breeds have been performing very well in our daily milk recording project.
 

Mixed Breed for Hybrid Vigor

Mixed Breed for Hybrid Vigor

 

The mixed breed we are breeding gives us the opportunity to produce a dairy milking goats that are well adapted to the tropical environment in the Philippines. In working up the the local Anglo Nubians through the years it brings the desired characteristic of adaptability to the hot and humid condition. The Saanen brings in the volume of milk to the mixed breed because of hybrid vigor.
 


They give good volume of milk in their 2nd lactation. Selected milkers do over 2.5 liters per day with a 305 days lactation. We call them the Alaminos Anglo Saanen Cross.

Next year we will have an option with the white JP Nubian Buck, AGF 46 Mr. Max Cameron. To bring the mixed breed a notch higher to be a triple cross, we have brought in from the USA, a purebred Alpine buck from Redwood Hill Farm, AGF 040 KIng James.

Now everything is slowly coming into place with our latest investment in good genetics. This will prove once and for all our advocacy that  good genetics and good nutrition will spell success in dairying goats in Tropical Philippines. Join us in our quest to develop goat dairying in the Philippines.

 

Murciano-Grenadine Spanish Native Dairy Goats
Murciano-Grenadine Spanish Native Dairy Goats

Interesting Murciano-Grenadine Spanish Native Dairy Goats
December 1, 2011
 
Got a very interesting email from Spain, sharing information about the Murciano-Grenadine, a native breed of dairy goats. The breed was developed and improved through the joint effort of Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Water and the Spanish Association of Breeders of the Murciano-Grenadine goat (Acrimur).
 
The Murciano-Grenadine Breeding Plan present in Murcia is one of the greatest development in goat dairying in Spain..
 
Murcia-Granada or Murciano-Grenadine is a small-medium size breed of native dairy goats in Spain with a liveweight size between 30-50 kg for females and 50-60 kg for males. It has a uniform black to brown color skin and hair. Females have short and thin hair but longer and stronger in males. Males have usually pronounced beard and are horned. The ears are of medium size and erect. The tail is short and erect. The udders are large, well-shaped and with well-placed teats.
The production of Murciano-Grenadine is aimed at obtaining milk. According to data from official milk control, yields of milk production of Murciano-Grenadine goats are set for first parity, at 310 kg. milk and 150 days in lactation, and second parity goats and thereafter, 550 kg of milk normalized to 210 days.


On the way to the Dairy for Morning Milking


Waiting for Morning Milking


 

The Murcia-Granada is well adapted to the hot and dry conditions of the semiarid areas of southeastern Spain. It is the most productive domestic animal in this climate because of its ability to maintain a high milk production under less than ideal conditions. Murcia-Granada flocks graze adverse terrain and feed on the agricultural by-products available in the region.
This breed produces milk with 5.3% fat content and 3.4 % protein, better than other breeds in Mediterranean areas. Most of milk production in Spain is used for cheese production.

At the moment, the number of Murcia-Granada in southeast of Spain is about 400,000 animals, 150,000 heads of which are in the area of Murcia.

Murciano-Grenadine goats have a history of roughness, adapting well to different environments, especially when introduced at a young age. It is advisable to introduce animals at 3-5 months old to a new environment, feed and management. Smooth fine hair coat and low fat layer allows a special adaptation to arid and semiarid environments, while maintaining its high production under stress and extreme weather condition.
The small medium size native dairy goats and strong milk recording program under the Murciano-Grenadine Breeding Plan in Murcia makes it a very interesting breed to look into. The smaller size dairy goats eats less and produces fair amount of milk which makes it very cost effective. It would be an ideal dairy goat in close confinement, fed cut and carry style like we do in Alaminos.
We will take a serious look into the possibilities of bringing it to the Philippines in the future if freight and logistical cost are reasonable.

 


Milk Recording at AGF Makes a  Headway in 2010  

April 3,  2011  

 

Today we are announcing the results  of the milk recording project we did  in 2010 at Alaminos Goat Farm. We started the project with the support of PCARRD and the National Dairy Authority.  After the project completion we decided on our own to continue the milk recording project.  

 

Doing work like this opens a lot of opportunities to learn more on the performance of the Saanens and the Anglo Nubians under the hot, humid and sometimes wet weather in the Philippines. As you look back at the records collected you will have a strong basis in making good management decision as to what lines to continue or stop breeding.  

 

As a business model a 2 liters per day milk production for goats in the Philippines would give a reasonable  return on investment. We started at 2 liters as the bench mark increasing it to 2.2 liters per day as we move on as we observed from  the data being collected that it is doable. At the end of 2010 the dairy goats in the milking line averaged  2.41 liters per day per head for the year.  

 

The long term objective is to come up with an elite herd of dairy milking goats by the end 2012 that are highly adaptable to the tropical environment of the Philippines. Alaminos Goat Farm (AGF) will depend on records collected as basis of selection. The Saanen would be on top of our list as the dairy goats that would give the most milk with a 305 days lactation period.

 

AMS 001, Top AAS Cross Milker at Alaminos Goat Farm with Felino

AMS 001, Top AAS Cross Milker at Alaminos Goat Farm with Felino

 

Producing a commercial dairy goat that would be ready to be marketed by next year  would be the Alaminos Anglo Saanen Cross (AAS). This is basically an upgraded Saanen doe bred by a purebred Anglo Nubian buck or vice versa a Alaminos Anglo doe bred by a Saanen buck. Heterosis or hybrid vigour makes the AAS cross an ideal dairy goat for milking in the tropics. The hybrid vigour makes AAS does more adaptable to the hot, humid and wet weather of the Philippines compared to the purebreds.  

 

The initial feedbacks we are getting from friends who have bought the AAS cross from Alaminos have been very positive. The results from the few AAS cross we have retained for  testing in Alaminos have been outstanding. AAS 001 is doing over 3 liters per day the past 60 days. We will follow this up with more AAS does due to lactate for milk testing in the coming months.
 
Documenting and sharing the progress of the breeding program  adds to the credibility of AGF. That is why we take extra effort to write  about the progress of the breeding  program.

 

Things are unfolding in all fronts in Alaminos. We just need more time and  patience to  see and not rush things to confirm the results of all the work we are doing in goat dairying. This is the reason why we have to slow down in selling the dairy goats, we are testing their performance under tropical condition.
 
Sometimes some of our customers misinterpret the long gaps in selling dairy milking goats. A few customers feel we are being selfish in not selling dairy goats to them.  

 

As a market leader and one of the biggest goat  breeder farm in the Philippines, AGF objective is to produce breeders that would perform in a tropical setting. It takes  a long time to test dairy goats that would perform. The use of milk records in selection gives AGF a valuable tool in developing an ideal dairy goat for the tropical environment. Give us  more time and by 2012 we  will be  ready to start  selling the initial batch of dairy milking goats we have patiently developed through the years.

 

 

 

 

The Year that was, 2010 at AGF

December 31,  2010

 

As a breeder Alaminos Goat Farm  will  mark 2010 as a very fruitful year. The breeding program for the Alaminos Anglo was a big success. The qualities of kids produced this year have a marked improvement compared to previous years. The type and numbers of Boers kids produced during the last quarter of 2010 are exceptional with a lot of show type Boers produced.

 

We have identified a top milker from a prototype of a Alaminos Anglo Saanen cross, AAS 001. She is on her first lactation, after nursing her twin kids for 45 days, she is now in the milking line. AAS 001   is doing over 3 liters of  milk a day in milk testing the past week. AAS 001 is being monitored to see the number of days she will be in lactation.

 

The daily milk production at AGF is a disappointment as it barely match last year production volume and failed to meet this year target of 200 liters per day. This year AGF started culling heavily poor performing dairy milking goats and it resulted in lower numbers of milking goats in the milking line. Milking also slowed down because of management decision to leave kids with their dam to nurse for 45 days.

 

In delaying milking it gives the kids the opportunity to grow normally with their dam and learn to eat with her early  the concentrate  feeds and the forage. This helps the early development of the kids rumen. This would be a big advantage as they mature with a well developed rumen  adapted to the feeding program of AGF.
 
Evaluating the performance of the 45 days weaned kids we are overwhelmed. Comparing them with kids weaned at day 1 which were bottle fed you will see the big difference. The growth rate and size are fantastic. They have smooth and shinny hair which indicate they are healthy and very  good looking milking goats.

 

In 2011, as this fine batch of milking goats starts kidding, we expect to meet our target of 200 liters of goats milk per day. The Alaminos Salad Garden will be fully operational to provide highly digestible and protein rich forage legumes  to all the goats in the farm year round.

 

With everything in place, 2011 will be a banner year for Alaminos Goat Farm in all fronts; breeder production, milk production, meat goat production and our corporate social responsibility program of creating awareness in a sustainable and profitable  goat raising industry. As AGF attains its goals in 2011, the possibilities are endless for Alaminos Goat Farm in the years beyond 2011 in its goat business operation.

 

 

Slow Growth in Alaminos  Milk Star Fresh Goat’s Milk Sales in 2010
December 29, 2010

 

AGF had the opportunity to double its milking herd last May   when it got an offer from Australia for 150 heads of Saanen commercial dairy goats and Anglo Nubians breeder goats. While the offer seems very tempting as it will fast track the production of goat’s milk to meet our production target, it runs counter to the breed improvement program we have started at AGF.

 

The breed improvement program started at AGF aims to produce island born dairy goats adapted to the tropical environment capable of producing 2 liters of milk with a 305 days lactation period. When the program started in 2008 our priority were goat milk production with the production of breeders as secondary. We were weaning the kids at day 1 and bottle feeding them. This resulted to very poor growing dairy goats with high mortalities.

 

In late 2009, after reviewing performance of early weaned kids, AGF decided to leave the  kids with their dam for 45 days sacrificing goat milk production. When the program was implemented in early 2010 it resulted to very good looking replacement dairy goats. The dairy goats were bigger in size with smooth and shinny hair coat compared to the bottled fed doelings. High producing Saanen milking goats have been tagged and bred to AGF Dorian with the next generation production as source of replacement breeders. The Mitra line does and doelings were bred to AGF Darwyn and AGF Obama.

 

The replacement dairy goats will be bred in 2011 and we are excited to see the performance of dairy goats nursed by their dam and have uninterrupted growth rate, in terms of milk yield. We noticed that bottle fed kids did not reach their full potential in term of growth rate compared to kids nursed by their dam.

 

In focusing in the production of breeders we have sacrificed production of goat’s milk for Milk Star in 2010,  for the supermarket trade. The kids are left with their dam  to nurse for 45 days. During this period  we cannot milk them and it resulted in reduction of milk collected daily. Strict culling of dairy goats not meeting standards and for health reasons also contributed to lower daily milk production as the numbers of milking goats in the milking line were reduced.

 

All these are just temporary setback and once we reach the right numbers of well selected island born  milk goats in the milking line, daily milk volume targets will be met  by June, 2011.
 
We have decided to stick with our breed improvement program as source of our replacement dairy milking herd instead of fast tracking it with imports from Australia. It is a little slower but very cost effective since it is locally bred. AGF takes  advantage of adaptability to the tropical environment which the island born have against the imported breed.

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AGF long term goal is to offer for sale island born milk goats that are adapted to the tropical environment of the Philippines, farm tested capable of producing 2 liters of milk for 305 days.
 
Buying milking goats from Alaminos Goat Farm gives the buyers the added advantage of buying milking goats that came from dairy goats proven to have produced goat’s milk under the tropical condition of the Philippines. Add to this the transfer of technology in successfully milking dairy goats which is AGF advocacy to those who are  willing to  listen and learn.

 
 
 
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