A Cowboy’s Story 25:00, 2008 (Ref: SA08688)

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Description

This is the extraordinary story of the struggle for survival among dairy farmers in Latin America! Javier Aguayo has a small herd of cows in Guayas, a lowland area of Ecuador. He is up at the crack of dawn on his horse rounding up his animals for milking. It’s a tough life. The hours are long, transport is a problem, his customers often want their deliveries very early and often a lot of milk is left over. All he can do with this is make cheese, which he has to sell cheaply; Javier often makes a loss. But a new business scheme is starting to change his fortunes. Working with one of the country’s biggest dairies, he takes his milk to a central collection point – part of the journey is by canoe along the river. Now he gets a guaranteed income and his business is starting to flourish. A Cowboy’s Story explains how this new initiative is transforming the lives of farmers like Javier.

Part of a 28 x 25-minute documentary series produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.