Bertha Cecilia Cardenas Sterling, Technician in administration and commercialization of perishable products, owner Interactive Farm Villa Cabras
Jair Trujillo Trujillo, Business Administrator, owner Interactive Farm Villa Cabras
Clara Viviana Rúa B, IGA Country Representative for Colombia
Villa Cabras Interactive Farm is located in Chucuní, a village located 9 km from the city of Ibagué, the musical capital of Colombia, in the department of Tolima. In terms of the local climate, the summers are short and hot, the winters are short, comfortable, humid and wet, and it is cloudy throughout the year. During the course of the year, the temperature generally varies from 17 to 28 °C and rarely falls below 16 °C or rises above 31 °C. It rains throughout the year but the driest month is January, with 91 mm of rain. With an average of 233 mm, the highest monthly precipitation falls in October.
The Villa Cabras Interactive Farm goat project is a family business which was created in 2008. This initiative stemmed from the recommendation by the family pediatrician to supply goat milk to their youngest daughter who suffered from bronchopneumonia (a respiratory disease). Out of necessity and due to the health status of their daughter, the parents decided to buy their first goat. The number of goats kept increasing as neighbors and relatives began to ask for goat milk for their children and older adults for their health issues.
At the Villa Cabras Interactive Farm, goat production is based on a drylot housing system where the animals are allocated to pens according to their production stage. The farm has an average inventory of 100 goats, predominantly females (adult and growing goats), followed by kids and bucks. The goats are mestizos, some of them with very predominant features from the La Mancha, Alpine and Saanen breeds. The farm counts with approximately 80 mestizos hair sheep, predominantly of the Creole or Sudan-type, with a few specimen of the Kathadin and Pelibuey breeds.
The farm has 0.4 ha dedicated to forages, the supplementation is made of chopped Angleton grass (Dichantium aristatum), orange peels, corn silage and of a balanced feed that is designed and prepared at the farm.
On average, there are 25 goats in milk for an average production of 40 liters per day, and 1.6 liters of milk per goat. Goats are milked mechanically in a set up allowing 12 goats to be milked simultaneously and in compliance with the sanitary protocol of Good Milking Practices (BPO).
- The following dairy derivatives are produced: natural yogurt, Greek yogurt, kumis, cream cheese with different flavors, natural peasant cheese or with spices, spun cheese, spun cheese roll with filling, semi-mature cheese, sweets, desserts, soap, and moisturizing and nourishing creams
- Goat and lamb meat, hamburgers, sausages (chorizos) and lamb tallow are also offered.
- Organic fertilizer (resulting from composting goat manure)
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