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NATURAL HOG RAISING INSIDE A RESORT

June 27, 2014

Mr. Rogelio Labo shows us that it’s possible to run a 60-head capacity piggery inside a garden resort.

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Nyamana Ken Garden in San Simon, Pampanga is not a resort you would expect to find a piggery. With guests who frequent the resort every day, one would not dare think of putting up a piggery nearby.

But Mr. Rogelio Labo, who owns Nyamana Ken Garden, did exactly that. Because of his enthusiasm in animal husbandry and natural farming, he was able to come about Feedpro and the “Babuyang Walang Amoy” system by searching in the Internet. And with more than enough income to support the needs of his family from his trucking business, he ventured out to establishing his own farm run within a leisure resort. Mr. Labo was able to bring together in the same area the businesses of farming and recreation together through his resort.

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Pigs are not the only animals you will find in Nyamana Ken Garden. Other animals in the farm include ostriches, horses, ducks, monkeys, peacocks, fish, and even the native wild boar. Kids can around and appreciate the animals.

After knowing a little more about Feedpro, Mr. Labo decided to start his natural piggery with a trial of 10 pigs for the first few months. After finding his farm productive, he began to raise more pigs and even began adding 10 sows. Unlike his previous experience with conventional piggery, this new system does not require more attention in dealing with foul odor. His resort now enjoys a continuous flow of customers who are unaffected by the presence of a piggery.

INTEGRATING THE FARM INTO THE RESORT
Mr. Labo uses some of the output from his Babuyang Walang Amoy for the benefit of his resort. After harvest, worn rice hull from the pig pen is converted into organic soil fertilizer for the plants in the resort. A portion of the rice hull is also set aside to dry under the sun and reused as bedding for their native wild boar.

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INNOVATIONS
Mr. Labo initially used a shed type-roof for his piggery, but decided later on to convert a monitor-type roof after experiencing very high temperatures this summer. Parts of the monitor roof still remains open, in order to cool the piggery even more. Once the weather starts to cool down, the monitor roof will be completely covered.

The piggery is made out of concrete and steel pipe to make it sturdy. It is elevated to 3 feet to improve ventilation. Two pens (12 ft x 20 ft) were divided into two smaller pens with 8-9 pigs each. The wallowing pond also takes up only a corner of the pen and has a dimension of about 6 ft x 3 ft. Mr. Labo says he will soon make a few adjustments to the piggery particularly to the size of the wallowing pond and the stocking density so as to improve its conditions and productivity.

At least for now Mr. Labo has settled with some simple adjustments to his farm. The size of the feeding trough made was somewhat large. He decided to fit a removable metal frame/grill above the feeding trough to prevent the pigs from sleeping on it and to foster equal distribution of the feeds during feeding time.

You can visit Nyamana Ken Garden in Brgy. Concepcion, Sitio Pulong Malaki, San Simon, Pampanga.

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