Saanen dairy goat farm is a well goat farm that open for public for free in Penang Island. It is located in one of the fascinating town in Penang which named as Balik Pulau. All the visitors need to pass through a small and winding hill road before reaching Saanen Dairy Goat Farm.
It is good to know that Saanen dairy goat farm is a family-friendly goat farm, which you are encouraged to bring along your friends and family for goat feeding and purchasing of fresh milk and milk products. For example, goat milk ice cream, yogurt and pudding dessert.
Photo 1: While passing the winding hill, visitors will know that they are on the right track while they saw this Saanen Dairy Goat Farm signboard in front of the farm.
1. Reason of farm being named as ‘Saanen Dairy Goat Farm’ ?
According to the owner of Saanen Dairy Goat Farm, Ho Juan Aun, this goat farm was named as ‘Saanen Dairy Goat Farm’ because most of the goat spesies that can found in this farm are originated in Saanen Valley of Switzerland. Most of the commercial goat farmers in Malaysia will consider Saanen Goat for feeding purpose because Saanen goat is one of the spesies that can be survived in most of the countries Malaysia and easily adapted to environmental changes.
2. What is the special characteristic of Saanen Goat?
“I choose to feed Saanen spesies because they are easier to feed and in other way, they are also highly productive dairy goat as compared to other spesies. Female goat of Saanen spesies can produce 4 to 4.5 liters of milk every day and the milk can be used in making dairy products”, said Ho.
According to Ho, Saanen goat milk are more healthier for drinking compared than other goat species because protein and calcium content that can found in Saanen milk is quite high. Nevertheless, Saanen goat are the largest spesies among all the dairy goat breeds and high milk productions.
Photo 2 : The owner, HoJuan Aun is explaining the process of obtaining female Saanen goat milk and the major characteristics of Saanen Goat.
3. When Saanen Dairy Farm started open for public?
Penang citizen or foreign visitors are always be welcomed to pay a visit to Saanen Dairy Farm as it is opening from 10am to 5pm every day. Beside of that, Saanen Dairy Goat Farm also offers free admittance to everyone and at the same time they always provided grass and nuts for visitors, so that they can have a chance to experience the feeding process of the goats in the barn themselves.
Saanen Goat Farm was start empty-handed by Ho’s grandparent after their family came to Nanyang (Malaysia) from China around year 1950. At that time, the space beside goat farm was mostly used as plantation of vegetables and fruits such as durian, banana and so on. During last time, Saanen Goat Farm only had eight heads of goat as their family still not familiar to the method of goat feeding.
“Honestly, my wife and I had high interest in animal feeding. So we decided to import some Saanen goat from Australia and started to learn some knowledge about Saanen goat feeding methods through internet and seek help from profesional. Luckily, we were able to expand size of goat farm at the same time increase the amount of Saanen goat during year 2005. At 2009, Saanen Goat Farm had around hundred heads of Saanen goat as we know how to control and take good care for its health. After that, we decided to open Saanen Dairy Farm for public without receiving any entrance fee” said by the owner, Mr Ho with gratified tone.
4. Reason for free admission of Saanen Dairy Goat Farm?
“After we decided to open this goat farm for public, we also have responsibility to explain the feeding procedure and the characteristic of Saanen species to all the visitors so that they can get more knowledge about this. I feel so happy and sanctified when we get a lot of positive feedback from most visitors. This is the main reason why I am willing to open Saanen Dairy Goat Farm to public without any charge and continue it for almost 8 years”, added Ho.
According to Ho, he feels so happy and enjoyable when he saw visitors having a lot of fun and good time with their friends and family while they are feeding the goat in Saanen Dairy Goat Farm. Especially kids, they were so excited when they got the chance to hug and take photo with those white and furry goats which successfully escape from the fence.
Photo 3: Visitors are allowed to feed and take photo with Saanen goat which stay inside the fence.
5. What type of goat milk products that can purchased from Saanen Dairy Goat Farm ？
Beside of the chance to take photo with goat, Saanen Dairy Goat Farm also operates a kiosk where visitors can purchase and enjoy some fresh goat products with reasonable price. Some varieties of goats milk products including dairy fresh goat milk, yogurt and ice cream which are made by goats milk, goat milk pudding and steamed bun that made by brown sugar and fresh goat milk.
Other than that, visitors are always welcoming to enjoy the goat milk products inside Saanen Dairy Farm as Ho has prepared a comfortable and clean room for the dining purpose.
Photo 4: This blackboard show the varieties of goat milk products that visitors can purchase from Saanen Dairy Goat Farm .
Now, Saanen Dairy Goat Farm has become a great place for family outing which kids have a chance to feed goat by the grass provided while adults are relax and enjoying their fresh goat milk products.
Photo 5: The Goats inside the Saanen Dairy Goat Farm are mostly tame and not camera-shy.
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