Monday, August 12, 2013

Goat farm in Sibu getting popular as eco-tour destination

SIBU: A goat farm at KM28 Oya Road is fast gaining popularity among the local people as a place to unwind while sampling the environment to make up for the lack of picnic spots here.

Executive director of TYC Goat and Livestock Sdn Bhd Adams Tang Jung Lung said based on their record some 10,000 people from all walks of life had visited their farm populated mostly by goats besides chickens and rabbits.

Given the good response, he said he was mulling to set up a mini zoo and would bring in small animals for a start.

He revealed that the population of the goats, which are the major attraction of the farm, had grown steadily to about 800 from the initial 20 in 1995 bought from nearby places such as Bintangor and Sarikei.

“Churches and schools topped the list as they organised groups for an educational tour of our farm. Here, visitors will have an unforgettable experience as they would be brought to various stations such as vegetables and earthworm (composting process) sections before stopping at the last station to feed the goats.

“Children really enjoy feeding the goats,” Tang told The Borneo Post when asked about their eco-tour which is fast gaining popularity.

Besides goats, he said the 80-acre farm has about 2,000 chickens and over 600 rabbits which add to its attraction.

On the eco-tour, he recalled that it started by chance when he invited a group of kindergarten pupils and their teacher to his farm several years ago.

“The children were so excited upon seeing chicken hatching eggs and the poor teacher was swarmed with questions. This gave me an idea to initiate the tour for educational purposes.

“You see, urban children rarely have the opportunity to touch real animals which they only see in books or pictures. I recall an incident when a primary school pupil shouted in excitement about the huge size of the goats,” he said, adding that the eco-tour came into being some two years ago.