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Lobster and Fishing for Profit

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A New England lobster boat is being put in service to place fish and lobster traps in waters off Luperon, DR. Jamie is an experienced fisherman from Canada and has just cleared all the hurdles and is fishing.
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The “Ramon” is equipped with a motorized winch to lift the traps from depths over 100ft. , hopefully loaded with lobster and fish.

 

 

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Farming in Luperon

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Welcome to Norman’s Dairy Farm, Luperon, DR
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The farm is now home to two and ducks, and they just had 9 ducklings. This pond was built for the ducks to drink water from and enjoy. I hope they use it>

 

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Norm, originally from New England, married a lovely Dominican, Johnny, and together have found a great life here. They bought this raw land and have slowly turned it into a working dairy farm.
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yes, they plan on eight milking cows and one bull. The offspring are sold off.

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This cow is the mother of a new calf. A cow can give birth to one calf each year, allowing the farmer to add to his milkers and selling off any new bulls.

 

Cow's Water Trough

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White cane is grown for feed and can also be sold off to other farms. Planting is easy, a trimmed stalk is laid in the ground and soon sprouts appear and grow new plants.

 

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Dealing with a flooding, drainage problem caused by runoff of adjacent properties, Norman dug these retention ponds , which also stored much needed and precious water.
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Welcome to the farm. These two calves were born on the farm and are kept separated from the cows so that they don’t drink up all the milk. Yes, they are fed and are doing well.

 

 

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Fences are naturally made by this cactus, pinion. A great barrier to keep other livestock or your own out of the fields..
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Electric fences are quite effective in keeping the herd out of planted lands as well as discouraging people. I felt the shock , and it did get my attention.
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The milking station was built and is for milking and feeding the cows. Every morning the cows are milked . The milk is sold ,sometimes to make cheese or yogurt.
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After the cane is cut by the workers with their machetes, it is fed into this grinder and blown into the feeding trough. Protein grain is also added to allow the cows a great feed.

 

We wish Norman and Johnny good luck and are looking forward to returning and seeing the fruits of their labor blossom . Congrats!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dominican Republic

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Greetings from Luperon, the Dominican Republic.  Close to Luperon, is the site that Columbus established a settlement.

s/v Whitewing will be here for hurricane season and then the adventure continues.  Thanks for the visit.  More to come..