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AGF OBAMA 1902 Purebred Anglo Nubian Buck

AGF Obama 1902 Island born Anglo Nubian Buck
AGF Obama 1902 Island born Anglo Nubian Buck

AGF OBAMA 1902 Island Born Anglo Nubian Buck
April 24, 2010
 
AGF OBAMA 1902 would easily qualify as one of the best purebred Anglo Nubian buck we have produced in years. His sire is AGF Darwyn and dam is AGF 1458 both imported purebred Anglo Nubian from Australia. His good bloodline from Australia will be to his advantage as we use him as our junior herdsire.
 
He was born last January 3, 2009 with a kidding weight of 4.4 kilos. Last April 24, 2010 his weight was 45 kilos. His early growth rate was delayed because of lingering  colds during the cold months. He has since recovered and is fast gaining weight. He is starting to show his real potential and starting to look good as we expected him to be.
  
We have decided to retain AGF OBAMA 1902 after Ayi Alsua have changed his mind in not taking his option for AGF Obama 1902. We  are using Obama for our AGF Darwyn line breeding program. AGF OBAMA is being used to breed  his half sisters from the Alaminos Anglo (AA) Line side. The top females produced from this program would be bred back to their Sire, AGF Darwyn.
 
AGF Obama will make its mark in our Alaminos Anglo (AA) Line breed improvement program and makes us very  proud to say, " we are the breeder of AGF OBAMA".
 
 

 

New Milk Room Starts Operation Today
April 14, 2009
 
Today we started operating in our new milking room with 12 individual milking pens and two carello milking machine. This morning operation lasted two hours with 75 heads of goats in the milking line. We started at 7:00 am and we were done by 9:00 am. It was improvement of half an hour from previous milking.
 
Once we are finished remodelling the old milking room we expect further improvement in milking operation. Adding the glaze tiles in the flooring and walling made the milking room look cleaner and improved the overall look of the milking room. 

 

Island Born Saanen Doe
Island Born Saanen Doe

 
SAANEN IS THE BREED TO GO IN GOAT DAIRYING IN THE PHILIPPINES
April 1, 2009
 
Saanen is the breed to go to produce two liters of milk a day for 305 days. Our experience for the whole year in 2008 have confirmed that the Saanen, under tropical setting, with good animal husbandry practices and nutrition can consistently  produce a little over 2 liters average for 305 days.

     

The Saanen  will  kid  once  a  year  while  the Anglo Nubians  will  kid  three  times  in   two years.  The Anglo Nubian will have a shorter milking  period and less milk than  what the Saanen will  produce  but  will produce more kids.

 

The Saanen suffers from bad publicity in the Philippines because of the failure of government with the initial batch of Saanen imported from the United States in 1998 under the PL 480 program. That is why we have to work harder in our advocacy to show that the Saanen dairy goat is the breed to go for goat dairying. AGF’s success in milking their Saanen an average of above 2 liters per day for 300 days is starting to open the eyes of goat raisers and policy makers in government

 

ADVOCACY  IN DAIRY GOAT FARMING IN THE PHILIPPINES 
APRIL 1, 2009
 
The results of Alaminos Goat Farm (AGF) operations in the past year continue to give them the confidence that they are on the right track. The market for Milk Star fresh goat’s milk continues to expand as consumers learn more about the health benefits of goat’s milk, including its ease of digestibility and lower natural cholesterol. 

 

As awareness grows about the availability of goat’s milk in the supermarkets, a lot of doctors are starting to prescribe it as an alternative medicine for their patients suffering from cancer, lactose intolerance and constipation.

 

As AGF gains more experience in marketing and dairy goat farming they are becoming more confident in making the statement, Dairy Goat Farming in tropical Philippines is a Profitable and Sustainable Business undertaking.

 

 

 

 
 

 


AGF Ricky Saanen Buck

 


AGF Louca Darwyn Anglo Nubian Buck


 

DAIRY BREED IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
April 1, 2009
 
The challenge was to produce well-bred dairy goats that would meet the criteria of producing an average of 2 liters of milk per day for 300 days. This lead AGF to implement a dairy breed improvement program in 2007. The program is anchored in the selection of purebred bucks which are progenies of award winning dairy goat lines from Australia.

 

AGF pursued their dairy breed improvement program and identified two imported herdsires from Australia, AGF Darwyn and AGF Ricky.  They have been continuously giving progenies that make AGF proud to be the breeder.

 

The Alaminos Anglo Breed Improvement Program is anchored by AGF Louca Darwyn. AGF Darwyn has improved the Alaminos Anglos in all aspects, making it one of the top money makers in their breeder sales.

 

AGF Ricky, a Saanen purebred buck, is one of the biggest bucks we have ever seen. He represents the ideal buck for the Dairy Breed Improvement Program. His progenies are showing his size, length and height. AGF awaits how his progenies will perform in terms of milk volumes and how long they can be milked. Initial results are very positive and indicate they will do more than 2 liters per day.

 

The experience gained these past years makes AGF conclude that using a Saanen buck to breed a doe with Anglo Nubian blood is a very good crossing. The kids born would be predominantly white in color and bigger in size than the doe in most cases. The higher the Anglo Nubian blood of the doe, the better the progenies. The heterotic effect of the crossing is seen in the progenies. AGF has come up with their own combination which they proudly call Alaminos Anglo Saanen (AAS) cross

 


UPGRADING THE NATIVE HERD WITH A SAANEN BUCK
April 1, 2009
 
The Saanen buck is the ideal breed to upgrade the native herd in the country. It addresses the problem of lack in height, length and udder size of the native herd. The island born Saanen bucks AGF is using in its upgrading program are very aggressive. With  their height, they  could  easily mount does of whatever size.

  

You will be amazed with the improvement in the features of the kids they produce when they mature. They  are  predominantly  white  in   color   and  bigger  in  size  than  their  mother. Kidding was normal in most cases because the  body   structure   of   the Saanen   was  just  right. Its smaller head leads to trouble free kidding of the native doe.

 

Proper selection of the females for replacement breeders would go a long way in improving the native stock. The kids from the crossing of the Saanen buck with the native doe have adapted very well to the farm condition in Alaminos.

 

The biggest benefit in using a Saanen buck would be the improvement of size of the udder of the upgraded native Saanen doe, which would translate to more milk produced. This also means more nutrients for the kids for growth. The possibility of excess milk for human consumption will present itself. Further research have to be done to find out the exact volume of milk an upgraded native Saanen doe is capable of producing and for how long.

 

Imagine how the 1.5 million Filipinos involved in goat raising in the countryside would benefit in a government program to upgrade the native herd with a Saanen buck. The prospect of producing both milk and meat from a single goat adds a new dimension in goat raising. It is our stand that if the farmer in the countryside is given access to a Saanen buck by government to upgrade his native goats, things will start to happen in terms of improved livelihood opportunities created.

 

Using a Saanen buck to upgrade the native herd holds a lot of promise in improving the milking ability of the upgraded native herd. It could prove to be the single biggest factor in improving the profitability of goat raising in the country.

 


White color KIds When Saanen Bucks is Used

 


Dominanrt color White Kids with Saanen Buck in Upgrading Program


 

Production of Commercial Dairy Goats

September 18,2008

By AGF

This August, 2008, Alaminos Goat Farm (AGF) started its program to locally breed and produce a Philippine commercial dairy goat. Anglo Nubian does from our Alaminos Anglos  are crossed with our purebreed Saanen bucks. After three years, the program aims to achieve the following:

 

·     Produce an average of two liters of milk per day for 305 days per
         head
·     Produce island Born dairy goats adaptable to the extreme
         tropical  condition of the Philippines

·     Give raisers the option to choose to produce milk or meat

·     Document the feeding program of AGF for dairy goats     

·     Produce an elite herd of 50 heads minimum and 100 heads
         maximum as source multiplier breeder dairy goats
·     Come up  with a paper entitled, Production and Breed Standard
         of  a Philippine commercial dairy goat

 

The female base would come from the existing upgraded Alaminos Anglo Nubian stocks of AGF. This would be composed  87.5%, 93.75% and Purebred Anglo Nubian Does. All bucks to be used are purebreed Saanen. Saanen buck selected comes from progeny of proven lines with average milking of 2.3 kilos per day.
 
To sustain heterosis in the breeding program for two generation Saanen bucks would be used. Pure Anglo Nubian Buck would be introduced to breed the third generation commercial dairy does to enhance adaptability to the extreme tropical condition of the country.

 

In selecting an Anglo Nubian does as the female line, the consensus of local raisers that the Anglo Nubians are better adapted to the hot, humid and wet weather of the Philippines was taken into consideration. The creamier milk from Anglo Nubian was also considered . In choosing the Saanen Buck in the program, the high milk production of the parent line  and 300 days milking period was taken into consideration plus the physical features.

 

Selection Criteria for female upgraded Anglo Nubian Does:

·       History of good mothering ability

·       Good size udder

·       Capable of raising 2 healthy kids

·       Size,  height and good general appearance

·       At least 1.5 kilos of milk per day

 

Close observation and monitoring of results in terms of milk yields and adaptability in every stages of the breeding program. The idea is to determine at what stage and combination would produce better milk yields and performance.

 

At any stage of the program if the goat raiser decides to produce a meat goat he can introduce a purebred Boer buck in the program. The breeding program will take advantage of heterosis or hybrid vigor. AGF will coordinate with PCARRD, Dr. Edwin Villar and Dr. Synan Baguio on the technical side of heterosis and the breed standard for a Philippine commercial dairy goat.

 

The culmination of this program would be an elite herd of at least 50 heads of breeder dairy goats with 100 heads as the maximum for better control and monitoring. Success of the program will result to a research paper to be entitled Production and Breed Standard of a Philippine Commercial Dairy Goat. We envision it to present an analysis of the performance of a commercial dairy goat suited to the extreme tropical condition of the Philippines capable to produce 2 litres of milk per day for 305 days.

 

See what we are doing by visiting us at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFBwuUXQPnU

 


 

 

Advocacy, Use of Saanen Buck to upgrade the Native Herd

September 17, 2008

 

During the past 17 months, Alaminos Goat Farm continues to move forward  in its dairy goat operation with its imported Saanen dairy goats. The first solid observation that we noted is that Saanen dairy goats under good husbandry practice and nutrition will thrive under the harsh tropical and wet condition of the Philippines. For the past 9 months, our Saanen dairy goats in the milking line are averaging 2.3 kilos of milk per day.

 

 

We strongly advocate the use of a purebred Saanen buck to upgrade the native doe for those who are building up their herd. Our good experience with the F1  Saanen does which we got in Bulacan back in 2004 when we were just starting, led us to the decision of going full time in goat dairying. In May 2007, we imported 100 commercial and purebred Saanen doelings and purebred bucklings from Australia to start our goat dairy, together with our Mitra Line Anglo Nubians. 

 

The good performance of the Saanen dairy goats in our farm in Alaminos, Laguna,  gives us more confidence to pursue our dairy operation and advocacy. Our saanen stock is proven to perform in the tropics. The  Saanen buck would be an excellent choice to cross with the Anglo Nubian doe. The progeny becomes bigger and are very fast growers.

 

We are staking our solid reputation which we had worked so hard for to get, from our peers in the industry by recommending the use of a Saanen Buck in upgrading the native doe. With our Saanen herd averaging 2.3 kilos per day in the past 9 months we see the heterotic effect for the progeny they will produce in terms of milk yields, length, height and weight gain. For all this to happen, it will require good husbandry practice and nutrition.

 

Our farm has been very open with the technology that we have developed. We continue to share it to those who are interested to go into goat dairying. The only thing we ask from our visitors in the farm is that they drink fresh goat's milk and help make goat dairying a viable and sustainable industry in the Philippines.

 

It is our vision that in three to five years time, goat dairying in the country will be one answer to concerns regarding food security. You can just imagine the possibilities of producing milk and meat at the same time for our farmers in the countryside. For all this to happen, government should step in to support the farmers.We look forward to the success of Department of Agriculture plan through Livestock Development Council to import breeding goats from the United States to be funded from proceeds from PL 480. 

 

 

 


AGF 1011 - Dairy Goat Buck


AGF 1011  At Agri Link Show
August 31, 2008 
 
AGF 1011 is an F4 Anglo Nubian  buck from our very successful Alaminos Anglo Line.  It will be available for sale on the second day at Agri Link Show on October 9 to 11 at the World Trade Center. AGF 1011 Buck will highlight our Alaminos Anglo Line presentation at the show.
 
At  five months old when the picture was taken, AGF 1011 shows great potential to  anchor an Anglo Nubian Breed Improvement Program in any farm in the Philippines. AGF 1011 was born on March 12.2008 with a birth weight 3.6 kilos and was weaned  at 20.3 kilos at 86 days.Today his weight is 32.5 kilos.
 
AGF 1011 comes highly recommended being a fast grower and and it has the features of a good herdsire. It has a very beautiful head, has long neck  and has the length which makes it look supreme way ahead of its class. This is one of the best Mitra line buck we produced this year.
 
You should see this young Anglo Nubian buck, AGF 1011 at Agri Link Show 2008 and see for yourself what we are talking about.

 
 
 
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