About 500-1000 liters of raw goat milk is processed per day into 50 to 100 kg of hard cheese during the milking season.
GRS staff, University professors, the DPRK Ministry of Agriculture, and Jangpoong Farm managers have been working together since 2002 to develop the Goat Farm and Dairy near Jangpoong. The progress of the project has come from initial design discussions to become a successful producing dairy. The local farm built and staffed the facility for the dairy. GRS donors provided dairy processing equipment. After the start-up of dairy processing in 2003, continued exchanges have been made. GRS has sponsored projects with Jangpoong to improve goat feed, nutrition, health, and artificial insemination. Local veterinarians and managers at Jangpoong have been able to improve the quality of goats and milk production at the farm. The farm now routinely produces yogurt, cheese, and butter. The yogurt is used mostly in school lunch programs.
Goat Dairy Project
About 500-1000 liters of raw goat milk is processed into drinkable yogurt per day during the milking season. The yogurt is packaged in plastic sachets, or delivered locally in stainless steel milk cans.
GRS began working with the DPRK Ministry of Agriculture and officials from the Jangpoong Goat Dairy Farm in 2002. The engineers and workers at the Jangpoong Farm constructed a building, and GRS began installing dairy processing equipment in June 2003. Dairy processing began in October 2003. Since that time, GRS staff and partners have made several visits to the farm with ongoing support. A delegation of DPRK agricultural experts visited Langston University in 2004 for discussions and training in goat care, nutrition, cheese making, and artificial insemination. GRS began a several year program in 2004 to improve the goat breed at the farm through artificial insemination. A pelletizing machine was installed at the farm in 2007 to pelletize locally grown goat feed for winter storage. Currently the farm has over 3000 goats and regularly processes cheese, yogurt, and butter. Winter production is often continued using powdered milk.
GRS sponsored several artificial insemination projects to improve the goat breed at the farm.
NUTRITION AND FEED
Local farm managers have made many improvements in the local goat feed. GRS provided a feed pelletizer to pelletize locally grown feed.
AGRICULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
GRS sponsored a delegation to the American Institute for Goat Research at Langston University. DPRK regional Minister of Agriculture and farm veterinarians discussed together methods of goat care, milk production, and feed nutrition. Training was also given in artificial insemination. GRS has sponsored delegations of international experts in goat care, feed nutrition, and dairy processing to visit and share together with the managers and workers at the Jangpoonng dairy.
FUN AND RELAXATION
GRS staff and DPRK workers enjoyed playing volleyball during the lunch break. Fishing in the USA was great fun.
Many partners in the USA helped with the Agriculture Exchange Programs:
2002—Discussions and Planning
2002—Began Shipping Dairy Equipment
2003—Installation and start-up of Dairy Processing Facility
2004—Delegation to USA--goat husbandry
2004—Artificial insemination program begins. Alfalfa feed delivered for the winter.
2005--Goat Artificial Insemination Program continues, Alfalfa feed delivered for the winter.
2006—Alfalfa grown at dairy to test as feed
2007—Feed Pelletizing Equipment installed to pelletize local feed