Serving the most vulnerable      in rural Malawi

  © 2012 AID AFRICA  UK Registered Charity Number 1116336

Providing goats’ milk

to orphaned & AIDS-affected babies

is one of our core projects.

The need is still as urgent as it was in 2006, when an elderly woman came to us, with her orphaned grandson, hungry and frail. All she could feed him was a gruel of flour and water, and we felt as powerless as she did. In those days there were very few cows in the area, and even less forage, so we started to look into the possibility of dairy goats …..


Donate now

Our goat history

In March 2014, we hosted an invaluable visit from Gary & Bethany, a husband & wife veterinary team from CVA (Christian Veterinary Mission) from California, USA.

For two weeks, they trained our goat team in general

goat health care, stock management, records, mating,

kidding, kid care, nutrition, drugs & disease prevention —all very relevant stuff and it was great that our guys had opportunity to ask lots of questions. Gary also performed a post-mortem to show the anatomy of a goat, vaccinated and demonstrated hoof trimming, tubing kids and calculating drug dosages. A verbal test at the end of the Course impressed Gary with what the team had learned and all were proud and delighted when he presented them each with a Certificate.

Like many African rural communities, small local goats roam and browse, but they’re rarely suitable for milking. So we retain a few bucks for our own mating programme and distribute the rest to trained farmers in the local community to improve their stock by providing larger kids. This also has potential to produce a milking strain, but confined goat care - stall feeding and specific breeding -  means a lot more work, so only the most dedicated achieve this.

Feeding is done by off-site “cut & carry”, bringing in

greenstuff by motor-trike when possible.  We mix our

own concentrate ration - of maize bran, maize, soya,

salt and other minerals in supplement form. Luecaena,

and moringa are added to feed when available.

Newborn kids in 2016




Local goats

Pregnant & proud!

Since then, we have determinedly developed a unique dairy goat herd, unrivalled in the area. We average 20 milking does, plus growing kids and several bucks chosen for their breeding and suitability for stud.

We’re always looking to improve our milk yield, and brought 3 saanen goats (a buck and two does) in from South Africa back in 2010, but it was a difficult, and disappointing exercise,  though we learned a lot!

Goat accommodation on site consists of our female complex - the main Khola (house), originally divided into compartments for overnight security/specific feeding, and a free area, but others with more expertise have advised unrestricted access. There’s 3 paddocks, 3 milking stations, a birthing unit, an office, and storeroom. We also have a kids unit to focus specific care, and buck area - where scheduled mating takes place.