Gayle's goats Young Manchester man makes stable living rearing goats

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Gayle's goats Young Manchester man makes stable living rearing goats

Sunday, November 24, 2019

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As a child, LaFrance Gayle developed a love for animals. Whether they were dogs, cats or goats, he would often take care of the injured ones that roamed his community of Top Hill in Manchester.

He wanted to become a veterinarian; however, he could not afford the tuition and decided on a related option - goat production.

As a child, Gayle would help his neighbour Paul on his goat farm. When he turned eight, Paul gave him a goat kid to raise on his own. While attending the Mile Gully High School, LaFrance balanced his time between raising goats and completing his secondary education. Within a few years, the farm doubled in size, as he bought and sold goats to send himself to school.

Upon completing studies in general agriculture at Ebony Park Academy, Gayle enrolled in the Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (RYEEP), and used that experience to esstablish his business, Gayle Homestead Farm, providing farmers with high-quality goats raised on his farm in the cool hills of Manchester.

“I never wanted to work a 9-to-5 job. I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur. As a young person, agriculture gave me the opportunity to be my own boss, and set my own rules,” the young man told the Jamaica Observer.

His brother and two sisters work corporate jobs, but Gayle said agriculture was his calling.

“I wanted to achieve as much as I could out of farming. I really like raising goats because they are easy to manage and they grow fast,” he said.

He continued, “My parents and my brother and sisters, they all love what I am doing. Farming is what my father did to send us to school when we were younger.”

Gayle supplies goats to farmers as well as event promoters within the parish. He has plans to increase the goat population on his 2-acre farm.

The 26-year-old says dedicating his life to goat production has kept him financially stable.

“I used to do this for fun, but I decided to continue doing it as a business [because] I saw where it can be profitable. Agriculture is very important because as farmers we feed the nation. This is what I do for a living and it has been able to sustain me,” he confided.

Gayle is a Nutramix Youth in Agriculture ambassador.

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