Agri-Expo Livestock empowers dairy goat farmers

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August 31, 2018
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August 31, 2018

Dairy goat farmers – and anyone interested in small stock dairy – can once again get free advice from the experts at the fifth annual Dairy Goat Information Day on Thursday 11 October 2018 during Agri-Expo Livestock at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch.

According to Breyton Milford, Operations Manager at Agri-Expo, the information day is one of the agricultural society’s projects to empower and inform new entrants to agriculture, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

“The aim of the information day is to develop skills, improve market access and promote sustainability,” says Milford. “This is a valuable opportunity for small stock farmers to learn more about dairy goat farming and the potential of this growing industry.”

This year’s programme once again includes experts from across the country:  

  • WA Hugo, who makes cheese on a smallholding outside Lamberts Bay under the brand name Bettie Bok, shares his knowledge of the road to becoming a successful dairy goat farmer (such as the importance of good genetics) and small cheese maker – ideal for new and aspiring dairy goat farmers.
  • Estalanie Marais from Karoo Goat’s Milk advises on the successful marketing of unique goat milk products. Karoo Goat’s Milk has been awarded numerous times for their boutique cheeses, including the prestigious SA Champion Award for Goat’s Milk Halloumi in 2018.
  • Dr Chris van Dijk, Chief Executive Officer of the Milk Producers Organisation (MPO), talks about risks in the dairy goat industry.
  • Dr Faffa Malan, South Africa’s best-known virtual veterinarian and manager of the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa (RuVasa), launches his new, improved “Vra vir Faffa” (“Ask Faffa”) portal as part of the new experts’ section on Landbou.com”. Dok Faffa’s participation is made possible by Landbouweekblad.
  • Dairy goat specialist Donald Mouton, farm manager of Fairview and former president of the SA Milch Goat Breeders‘ Society, share tips on simple solutions for effective management.
  • Samson Morebodi, dairy goat supervisor of Fairview, demonstrates practical tips for easy handling of dairy goats.

According to Mouton, strong growth in the consumption of goat products holds huge potential for the industry. “However, there is also a great need for basic education,” says Mouton. “The way we convey knowledge during this information day means progress for the industry as well as its value chain.”

The Dairy Goat Information Day takes place from 08:00 to 13:00 in the Standard Bank Conference Centre. Attendance is free of charge, but seating is limited to 120 people. For registration and enquiries, contact Breyton Milford at 021 975 4440 or breyton@agriexpo.co.za.

Agri-Expo Livestock takes place from 11 to 13 October 2018. For more information, visit www.livestock.org.za.