Milk for Kids
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Info about the Milk for Kids
Milk for Kids is a democratically initiated and managed project, designed to eventually make goat milk available to the majority of 200 families in a small village in the high Sierra of Ecuador. Agriculture here consists of growing small grains and pasture grasses that sustain a variety of animals, including dairy cows. Unfortunately, the cows are heavy which causes soil compaction and severe erosion. Pasturing on the steep mountainsides far from the family home, their valuable manure is deposited far from the compost pile and serious health problems go untreated. Children lack protein in their very starchy diet, but many families simply do not have sufficient land to support a dairy cow. Milk for Kids aims to address these problems with the introduction, proper care, and management of dairy goats.
Four families will receive one day of intensive training at a successful working dairy goat farm, followed by ongoing, on site training. Families will be instructed in building an enclosed stable, corral, feeders, and milking platform. Each family will receive a pair of young pregnant female goats. To sustain and grow the project, we will require the first female offspring be returned to the project to be given to another family. The goal is to supplement each family’s diet with at least 2 liters of fresh milk daily. When a surplus of goat’s milk is available, the community intends to implement a marketing project that could include bottled goat milk, yogurt and cheese.