Borbon Beach Farm
The Farm Life
The farm property is located in the small, sleepy town of barangay Tabunan, Borbon, 75 kilometers north of Cebu. It consists of a goat and poultry farm, a banana and papaya plantation, a natural landscape of plants and trees, and a one kilometer stretch of white sand beach front. The atmosphere is quiet and the slow-paced life of the townsfolk give the place its rustic charm.
On weekends, the owners are here to manage the small profit centers that they have put up to give livelihood to the residents. There is a "bagsakan center" where the farm produce are sold to the townsfolk and to occasional motorists passing by. There is also a bakery nearby where freshly baked "provincial" bread and pastries are peddled to the locals.
Borbon Beach Farm is primarily the owners' private getaway from their busy life in the city. As more and more friends and guests come to visit, they put up two small day-use cottages by the beachfront. When the need for guests' overnight stay rose, they decided to build a one-room abode on one of the property's hilltops and named it "One Casita". One Casita is a room designed to provide a beautiful scenic view of the sea and landscape, furnished with facilities to provide first class comfort to guests, although still keeping the feel of "home away from home".
The following article is taken from a blog written about the farmer and his goat farm:
"A Visit to Butchoy's Goat Farm" by Jorge
Cebu Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (COFGA)
Whenever I hear the word Butchoy, the first thing that comes to my mind is that of a pot-bellied boy in a Pinoy comic strip of yester-year. If you call someone Butchoy, you’re not giving him a complimentary remark, rather you’re offending him.
But not this man, they call him, yes, Butchoy.
I long heard from my co-members the name Butchoy several times before. He’s a well-known man not because of his notoriety in his town but because of his farming activities. They don’t fail to always mention his name every time we take our conversation to goats and bananas.
So when the group decided to go on a trip to Borbon for Nong Rudy’s birthday celebration last weekend (July 28, 2007), we made a side trip to Butchoy’s goat farm. After the sumptuous lunch of stewed chevon Nong Rudy’d wife had prepared for us, we set off to his farm less than a mile away on a scenic portion beside the sea.
I didn’t have any other image of him except of a pot-bellied man in his fifties. As we’re about to enter the farm, a group of men was about to leave and bid adieu to a Chinese-looking man. My image of Butchoy was now clear. And I was partly wrong. Although he’s on a heavy side but he’s not pot-bellied. And he’s still in his early 40’s, quite young to be certified as a successful farmer.
Butchoy is not an ordinary farmer. He’s a full-pledged farmer. His goat farm is truly a product of real devotion to his passion. He talks about goats like a professional car racer talks about his cars. He has more than 300 heads of hybrid ruminants in his farm, mostly Anglo-Nubian species housed in three major structures specifically built for different purposes.
The Anglo-Nubian species is mostly bred for its high-quality meat and milk products. He’s also starting to breed Boer goats chiefly for its meat due to its stout body and an excellent feeder just like the Anglo-Nubian breed.
He offered that both species are the best breeds to raise because they are not picky feeders. They feed on any available fodder given to them but Butchoy carefully choose fodders with high-nutrient contents to produce high-quality meat and milk. The goats primarily feed on organically-grown fodders which are easily available in the farm like pseudo-stems of banana plant, renzoni, and napier which he plants all over the place.
His farm is well-maintained and well-managed. Although he works as a full-time bank manager in the city, he goes home several times a week to check how his people doing. The housing structures were built of sturdy materials echoing his no nonsense devotion to his passion in farming.
Butchoy is also an advocate of organic farming. He dismisses the idea of using synthetic fertilizers for his banana orchard and commercial feeds for the ruminants. In fact, he uses the dried goat manure for his bananas and locally-grown fodders for his goats. A form of symbiosis also takes place as the pseudo-stems of banana plants are fed to the pregnant and lactating goats.
Our visit took almost an hour getting as much information as we can but he didn’t seem to mind it. He gamely answered all our queries about goat farming. He didn’t seem to mind the scorching mid-afternoon sun that almost burned our skin.
The visit was not complete without taking pictures with the amiable farmer and his ruminants. He even obliged himself to be shot with the group as a souvenir. So did the goats, as seen in one of the photos posted here.
Yes, Butchoy is a very popular figure in the farming industry. So if you happen to meet him in person someday, don’t bother to ask him why people call him by that name and still doesn’t mind it. Chances are, you’ll get a straight face. Better ask him why not grow a goatee?