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Here’s Why Carabao Milk is Really an Underrated Superdrink

October 28, 2014

From the first sip, there is a recognizable similarity in the flavor profile between cow and carabao’s milk, with the carabao’s milk being slightly creamier. While cow’s milk is still the go-to for everyday dairy intake, carabao milk has kept a firm place by making it a sought-after dairy ingredient. Just last March, the Inquirer reported that of 5 million kilograms of milk produced in the country, 63% came from cows, 36% came from carabaos, and 1% came from goats.

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Interestingly, it has better nutritional benefits over cow’s milk—it is lower in cholesterol and higher in calcium and energy according to studies by The Philippine Carabao Centre. Because of this, it’s described as “the most complete food”, and is even used in local government health programs to prevent malnutrition. Even if you don’t drink carabao milk, there’s a high chance you have had more than you thought, from food such as ice cream, pastillas de leche, kesong puti, and even mozarella cheese. Local ice cream brand Arce Dairy boasts that the secret to their ice cream success is in the use of carabao milk to meet the required butter fat content to call themselves a “dairy ice cream”.

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Even with these benefits, supply and support for the carabao remains limited. Among the challenges faced in raising carabao today, the biggest one is a decline in demand for them as more farmers favor hand tractors and other machinery. The farmer and his carabao are a recognizable pair in many classic Philippine paintings and postcards, but in reality, the use of the carabao is subject to the season and readiness of the crops. Over time, this beast of burden has been seen as the burden for farmers, as it has proven to be more costly in keeping over time. While carabao milk has been proven an excellent alternative source of income with the animal, there are few opportunities for more farmers to get the resources they need to develop carabao milk as their enterprise.

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There is a glimmer of hope however, as carabao milk has its major investors and suppliers who found ways to make it more than pasalubong from the outskirts of Metro Manila. If you’re looking to support local and get healthier, here are a few major sources for carabao milk and carabao milk-based products:

DVF Dairy Farm’s Gatas ng Kalabaw
Available in major groceries, Market! Market!, and Tiendesitas

Mr. Moo’s
Branches in SM Megamall, Ortigas, Terrazo Mall in Quezon City, South Supermarket, Solenad Nuvali Sta. Rosa, Silang, and Tagaytay

PCC Center
University of the Philippines Los Baños

Milka Krem
3119 Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Do you like carabao milk? Where do you get your carabao milk? Leave a comment below.

Sources:
1. DSWD
2. Inquirer: Carabaos and Credit
3. Arce Dairy
4. UP Economics
5. Sun Star
6. ADB

Mia Marci Mia Marci

Mia Marci likes sampling street food, even if she doesn't know what's in it. She's gotten sick to her stomach on occasion because of this hazardous curiosity, but even the strictest of doctors couldn't stop her. Mia also writes about video games, travel, and girly issues for other publications. She also teaches English and Creative Writing. In the little spare time she has left, she catches up on film and TV shows, while cuddling up to her dog and cat.

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12 responses to “Here’s Why Carabao Milk is Really an Underrated Superdrink”

  1. Volts Sanchez says:

    The best pastillas de leche I’ve had (EVER) was made with gatas ng kalabaw. Thicker, richer, creamier… Just so much better than those made with cow’s milk.

    Now, if only I could remember where. I think it was at some place on Jupiter.

  2. Addi dela Cruz says:

    MR. MOO’s!!

  3. wendy says:

    It’s sad to learn that many farmers can’t start a business on carabao milk anymore 🙁

    But I’m glad some have made buying carabao milk easier. I buy Mr. Moo’s and DVF from the supermarket.

  4. I loooove Mr. Moo’s! So far though, I find that carabao’s milk from groceries spoil faster than regular cow’s milk but I don’t mind. Creamy goodness! <3

  5. Amarit says:

    Home made yogurt made from Carabao’s milk is so so much better than those in supermarket.. As from South Asian decent, we make it regularly at our home.. Also good for diet

  6. Kala says:

    DVF Rocks! Yoghurt drink pa-more!

  7. paulito says:

    I get Milk from Buffy’s They have a complete line up of dairy products from kesong puti, chocolate milk,yogurt to Ice cream, Check out their facebook account http://www.facebook/buffysmilk

  8. Manel Fausto says:

    DVF dairy farm kiosk can also be located at SM north edsa ground floor. they also now offer home deliveries within metro manila.

  9. Remy says:

    I get my ice cream and dairy products at Karabella Dairy (karabelladairy.com), a social enterprise from Gawad Kalinga! Their ice cream is so yummy 🙂

  10. It is good to know that we Filipinos already started making income with what we have instead of importing goods outside.

    I never tried drinking fresh milk from Carabao, nor using a product with tag 100% Pure Carabao. But this time, I must try to really see its difference from cows and goats.

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