High-quality Goat Milk from Shui-Liu Jhuang Farm／來自水流莊牧場的高品質羊奶
High-quality Goat Milk from Shui-Liu Jhuang Farm
◎English translation: Lin Yi-chun
"Shui-Liu Jhuang" is a goat-milk brand produced by Shui-Liu Jhuang Farm in Kaohsiung's Ciaotou District. Some of their regular customers have been enjoying the milk for as long as twenty years. The couple who run the farm, Yang Li-chin and her husband, take care of everything on the farm by themselves, ensuring high-quality goats' milk that customers can trust and enjoy.
The farm's system of herd management is unique. There are 200 goats on the farm, and the barn is well ventilated. The barn's wooden floor is 70cm above ground level so the herd can live in a dry and hygienic environment. Furthermore, the herd is segregated by age and kept separated in various pens. The highly nutrient forage consists of natural items only, such as fresh grass, sweetcorn, soy pulp, corn flour, soy flour, sorghum and wheat bran. The grass and sweetcorn are harvested on the same farm. Because only a very healthy herd raised on natural, healthy forage can produce high quality milk, the animals are given regular health checks to ensure their well-being.
It is not an easy job taking care of dairy goats. Between 5 and 5:30 in the morning, Ms. Yang rushes to the barn to clean the crib and feed the herd before milking. She herds the does down the corridor one pen at a time into the milking area, and every doe has her designated spot. The does' udders swell overnight with milk, and a suction pump is used to draw out the milk and pump it into the tank. Ms. Yang then repeats the procedure with the next group of does. After the milking session, she has to clean the barn. She also has to spend time holding each newborn and bottle-feeding it with goats' milk. These tasks are completed by 10 o'clock in the morning and then repeated at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Ms. Yang says the working hours are long, and the toughest aspect of the job is that it must be done everyday, with no chance of a break for holidays.
Ms. Yang and her family take attentive care of their goats in order to produce top-grade milk. When the milk is poured, a film forms on the surface within seconds. This is natural fat, and has a rich aroma. If consumers prefer not to "eat" the film of fat, they can gently shake the milk from side to side so it dissolves in the liquid.
The main produce from Shui-Liu Jhuang is goats' milk, but the farm has also developed other goat dairy products. The farm is also open to groups of visitors of 15 people or more. Family tours are especially popular as visitors have a chance to feed the goats themselves. Jam-making is another popular program. Ms. Yang says the return rate among those who tour the farm is very high. After seeing and understanding how goats' milk is produced, the customers are satisfied with the quality of the milk and become loyal supporters of the farm. The down-to-earth management of Shui-Liu Jhuang Farm has helped it win a great reputation among consumers and throughout the dairy industry.
Shui-Liu Jhuang Farm