Goats' Hotel. I dubbed this as the Goats' Hotel because it looked like a very "luxurious" hut simply for goats. As it turned out, goats are sensitive to wet conditions, thus the elevated component of the multipurpose hut. It is still the dry season when the photo was taken, so the goats are still quite tolerant living outside; well away from their "hotel".
The right hand part will be used to house chickens.
Goats in the Hilltop Area. We acquired three goats from a local source in Isabela, a male and two pregnant female, to initiate our learning experience in goat rearing. We plan to buy more from other suppliers to diversify our gene pool.
We chose goats as one of our pioneer animals in our Ecoculture projects because they are easy to rear and has a wide market, as native delicacy in Filipino cuisine. They are quite hardy and are able to tolerate the hot and humid conditions of the Philippines. As ruminants, goats play a critical role in our Ecoculture projects, both as consumers of farm by-products, as well as source of manure used in our Vermiculture projects.
Finicky eaters. The Vetiver Network stated that Vetiver cuttings may be used as animal feed. However, as observed by Mang Brillante, the goats did not eat the offered Vetiver cuttings. During our site visit tours, we observed that the goats placed in the Hilltop area preferred certain young succulent grass growing wild, and did not even touch the young leaves of the randomly growing cassava. [The young cassava shown here were not planted but simply grew wild from remnants of cassava left after the previous harvest.]
Cut and Carry Feeding. At present, the goats are allowed the graze freely. However, when our Ecoculture projects are in full swing, open grazing will not be practical. The goats may prefer our high value vegetables as primary diet rather the farm by-products meant for them.
[This is a stub. More about goat rearing here.]