This week, Rebecca was out in the province and the menagerie around the house just got bigger! Her mama’s birthday was last week and she wanted goats, so we have 11 new members of her “extended family”, which includes pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, and dogs. Here’s a picture of the old homestead…
What do you do with goats? Outside of the fact that they eat anything (Even crab shells!), they are a natural way for clearing weeds, brush, just about anything. They are eaten (grilled, stewed, or made into adobo) and can be milked. We are thinking about trying to make cheese… Could be interesting. Now, last year, I was asked to buy some goats, which never happened. Good thing, too. I grew up in the city. Cow, turkey, chicken, cats, goats… They all look the same to me. I said, don’t let me buy them, because you may end up with something that isn’t necessarily a goat. How do you buy a goat? Well, several options. First, in Abulug, just like pigs, guys in trucks will offer them for sale while driving around. There were not any trucks that day. Or, you could go to the market and someone may be selling goats. Rebecca’s mother didn’t like the goat flesh on display. So, eventually, Rebecca and her mother were told about these goats for sale by an individual farmer. They bought 11, one of which was given away to another family member. One of the goats was pregnant, so there also 11 at the house now. How much does a goat cost? Well, depending on size, from 1,500 to 2,000. We bought a lot of them, though, so we ended up with all of them for 1,500 each.
So, that is how you shop for goats in the Cagayan Valley. We are pig shopping next week, probably for 5 of them. Cost is around 2,500 each for pigs just weaned. We were shopping for a carabao, but the prices are really high right now, because of two reasons:
1. The harvest is over, so people have money.
2. With the price of fuel, carabaos are an alternative to running a tractor.
A carabao is aroung 50,000 for a grown one… and no one is selling up there right now. We are waiting until the school break when folks need some money. Becky and I have a deal… I’ll pay for the carabao, but I get to name him…. I am thinking “Slappy” or “Uterus”…. Good carabao names. Will post pics when we actually buy it.