Goats are a popular choice for rearing by farmers in upland areas because they can be cared for by women and children can consume the milk. However, there are several constraints to goat milk production, among them the limited availability of local forages for goat feed. This paper examines how locally available forages are used as feed for dairy goats by rural farmers in East Java's Malang district in order to determine the potential of goat rearing in this area. The research uses data gathered from surveys and interviews with 64 dairy goat households in six regions in the upland areas of Malang. The study found that type of dairy goats and feeds found in the upland areas is dependent on season, level of farmer education, land ownership and farming experience. It also found that the use of forages was dominantly legume tree in the wet season and tree leaf in the dry season. Furthermore, the use of crop wastes in the dry seasons is higher than in the wet seasons, which has an impact on the milk production.
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Hidayati A., Hartutik, Soebarinoto and Kusmartono
In 'Proceedings of the 1st Asia Dairy Goat Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9-12 April 2012', ed. by R. Abdullah et al. Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Food and Agricultural Organization. Pp. 147-148