Have you ever considered rearing goats for milk? In this episode of Farmer’s Inside Track, Mahundu Makwela, farmer and founder of Makwela Farming Enterprise, shares his expertise on rearing goats for milk in Mzansi.
According to Makwela, goats do well in any climatic conditions. Neither extreme cold conditions nor heatwaves affect them. However, when goats are unwell, they are unlikely to survive, he warns.
Makwela advises that if you want to get the most out of your goats, it is best to take care of them.
“Farmers need to have the love [and] persistence to produce food and [breed livestock] They need to love what they do and be ready to mitigate any possible risks that may come with it,” he shares in the episode.
There is a reason why Makwela emphasises love and passion because goat production will suck the last penny out of you as the production costs are quite pricey. “It is very capital and labour intensive, because of the scarcity of milk operations, to get the equipment and goats.”
Catching up with a #SoilSista
This week’s episode also features #SoilSista Hlobisile Yende, the dynamic third-generation farmer who is not only leaving her footprint as a #SoilSista but also cultivating innovation and hope in the world of agriculture. Her journey embodies the fusion of tradition and modernity, redefining the landscape one harvest at a time.
In this episode, Makwela also discusses:
- The health of a goat;
- Tips to get started;
- Marketing and valuable advice.
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