OBERHASLI, the goat breed with dark red color, is a promising new dairy breed for the tropical conditions in the Philippines. It is performing exceptionally well at the Alaminos Goat Farm in Alaminos, Laguna.
Its top milker named Colby 464, which is in its second lactation, gave an average of 4.5 kilos (liters) of milk during the whole month of March, 2014. From April up to now (July 8) it is still giving 3.48 kilos of milk daily, according to Rene Almeda who operates the goat farm together with his two sons Art and Toti.
The first daughter of Colby 464, called OberLar 172, which is in its first lactation, is averaging 2.3 kilos per day. This is considered exceptional for a doe in its first lactation.
Alaminos Goat Farm is the beneficiary of the government program called AGRIPBeS which stands for ‘Accelerating the Genetic Resource Improvement Program for Beef Cattle and Small Ruminants’.
AGRIPBeS is a program initiated by the Bureau of Animal Industry, funded by proceeds from the US PL 480 program of US-AID. Alaminos Goat Farm got 18 does (females) and one buck in July 2012. Under the terms of the program, the animals are considered loans in kind to be paid back also in kind. Alaminos Goat Farm has already returned 3 head for every female it got and 4 head for the buck. According to Rene, everything has been paid for.