Originally Posted by ocap
I have a friend that tried to be a "normal" milk producer and finally gave it up. He had to specialize in cheese and yogurt to try and make a living.
I loved to shop the cattle semen catalogs (years before the internet), the photos of the best of the best are amazing.
cheese yoghurt and semen in two sentences - no wonder @apteryx did a double take
Hats off to your friend who worked out his market. Sometimes it takes persistance.
After spending several hours playing with chicken color calculations, the discussion of our butakal came up and the need to find a back up solution. Local guys charge one piglett fee for AI or natural insemination. Thats $50-60 per sow and the boars are average quality.
When we bought cocobeach about 12 years ago I saw a huge boar in a 1/2" pipe framed side car being driven down the road. My wife told me it was a butakal. I thought the insemination service was called a butakal but it is actually the local word for a boar. We had a good twenty minute tangent thought train and laugh on me setting up a premier butakal service 1-800-BUTAKAL with a network of guys with side cars cruising the islands with hormone filled boars. Our place was just an abandoned beach house in complete disrepair and we had no plans of ever really living there. I bought it simply to preserve the memories of my wife's summers as a child.
Fast forward to May 2014 and there is a guy earning $400K in sales a year doing just that. His boars are not show quality super studs but good honest Grand Parent and Parent Stock He sells the doses for $17-25.
Being a student of the medical field philosophy of see one - do one - teach one, and having seen a couple of inseminations I decided I can do it. The sun and moon aligned as I calculated that I will be at the right place at the right time. The order can be placed by lunch time and be on our island by 2pm the following day.
Maybe an insemination business is where we really will head. It is proven there is a market for swine. I know in my gut that I could market Indian River Water Bufallo bulls and both dairy and meat goat bucks.
We could all be witnessing the creation of CocoBeach Body Fluids
Edited by ozexpat - 5/7/14 at 2:24pm