Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Saanen Dairy Goat Farm
We dropped by the Saanen Dairy Goat Farm over the weekend. It took quite a while to find the tiny farm nestled deep within the heart of Balik Pulau and driving there is only for the fearless: the single car only access road was very narrow and there would be a fair amount of maneuvering required, I dread to think what we'd have to do if another car decided to drive out at the same time.
Entrance to the farm is free and each visitor is provided with a stalk of grass to feed the goats. The goats pen were kept very clean with fans mounted high within the sheds. You could smell the goats from the moment you step in but it's not foul and you kind of get used to it after a while.
Around the farm were some fruit trees and a small veggie patch. I'd no idea that dragonfruit grew on cacti like plants.
Be warned that everything is constructed from thin wood planks and sensible flats are a definite must. There are no steps but slopes with wooden grips nailed in so be careful. Poor Bubs slipped once - luckily no goat poo was close by him! He didn't like it when I asked if there was a mean troll below the bridge waiting for him to trip trap by either ;)
If you want to make your stalk of grass last longer, peel the grass blades out from the stem to feed the goats. Bubs found out the hard way that greedy goats will nip your fingers just to get to the last bit of the sweet, juicy grass you're offering them, LOL.
There was a milking station just right next to the pen and we were surprised that the goats knew which way to go back to their pens unsupervised. A cheeky one reached out to Bubs for some grass before trotting back.
Feeding the goats was the highlight for Bubs. Hubs and he were so desperate that they resorted to picking up stray grass from the floor and troughs. Unfortunately no milk bottles were available today otherwise Bubs would have even more fun feeding the kids fresh milk.
At the mini visitor's centre, an array of goodies made from goats milk were ready for purchase. We tried each of everything: pasteurised goats milk, nutmeg yoghurt drink, goats milk pudding and black sugar steamed bao made with - what else - goats milk :D They offer free wifi and some fresh fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, could be bought on the spot.
Saanen Dairy Goat Farm
298 MK 1 , Sungai Pinang , 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang,
Tel : 0195163017
Opening Hours : 10am - 5pm daily