We started the year by rehoming a small herd of our older ‘ladies’ with their babies to a new venue where we will be pushing the production of milk and its by-products (cheese in its many forms!). Sarah, a good friend, has been watching our project with keen interest. She is a small-holder farmer who has a few good dairy cows whose milk and cheese she sells to a small market. We have partnered to promote goat milk into the city of Bulawayo, via her established markets. With her knowledge and well-established dairy, we are hoping to learn the intricacies of cheese-making.
Here are Bruce, Trio and Goatrude settling into their new home. We miss them! However, it is interesting to see how the younger does are stepping up without the older does around. When I go into the paddocks to check and chat to the herd it has always been the older does who will come up to me to see what I may have for them. If the younger girls come too close, one look or butt, from them and they scuttle away. Now those younger girls are keen to come up to me and are delighted when they get the head scratch the older girls used to get! This photo shows a few of the does that beneficiaries have returned to us after their three-year contracts expired. Beauty, bottom right, came into us pregnant and produced Luke, a good-looking boy. It has been interesting to meet the characters that have been returned and watch how they have integrated with the rest of the herd.
Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project. If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org.
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