Here’s a story of a farmer who started from small and became successful in backyard farming. 

Danilo “Ocho” S. Noceto, Jr. has been in the carabao dairy business since 2013. The 43-year old currently owns 15 heads which he grazes on 4.5 hectares of land. He is also a certified AI (artificial insemination) technician. The former vegetable farmer says that raising dairy carabaos was difficult at the start, since the animals needed to acclimatize, but once everyone (including him) adjusted to the milking lifestyle, it’s been fairly smooth sailing since.

Noceto practices the cut-and-carry method of carabao feeding, where pasture is supplemented with feed and cut grass.

Switching to carabao dairy has enabled Noceto to put his three kids through college–the youngest is currently taking up Business Management and Accountancy at LSBU Sta. Cruz. “What I like the most is that I know I’m going to make at least ₱1,000 a day, since I produce about 20-25 liters. I earn an extra ₱200 if I have to perform AI services,” he says in Tagalog. “If you put your heart and sweat into it, you’ll achieve your goals.”

This story appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s August 2017 issue.