June 27, 2014
Mendevil farm in Daraga, Albay is one such farm that uses the same methods of the “Babuyang Walang Amoy” system in a much larger scale. Mendevil farm has a total area of more than 480 sqm dedicated to growing and fattening more than 240 pigs. The facility also houses a breeder farm with 70 sows and 5 boars, with 30 more gilts on its way. The farm currently has only 160 pigs stocked in its grow-out pens — a portion of the piglets produced by the sows are sold to other Feedpro users around Albay.
FINDING A NEW SYSTEM
The farm is run by Mr. Joven Mendevil, who also works in the construction industry. His interest and knowledge in raising pigs stem from a relative who is also into pig farming. In 2011, he started a 700 sqm conventional farm with 70 fatteners and one sow. His conventional farm was managed well and became a significant source of wealth. But because his barangay was unhappy about the noise and smell from the farm, Mr. Mendevil was forced to consider closing the farm and selling all his pigs.
It was then that Mr. Mendevil came about Feedpro after browsing through the Internet. Later on, he was introduced to Mr. Noel Estillomo, another Feedpro hog raiser in Santo Domingo, Albay, who showed Mr. Mendevil his “P.I.G.S. Hotel”. It was there that Mr. Mendevil was convinced that the Babuyang Walang Amoy system really worked.
CONVERTING HIS FARM
Mr. Mendevil immediately started work on changing his farm system to suit the Babuyang Walang Amoy protocols. To minimize costs, he used his existing conventional piggery structure, but made some adjustments – particularly, he took out the concrete flooring and replaced it with rice hulls, he took out the steel fences separating smaller pens to create a larger pen for piglets to easily roam around in, and finally he added a wallowing pond.
The grow-out pens of the farm are divided into sections, each holding a set of pigs. Maintaining the rice hull beddings of these pens was initially a challenge to Mendevil farm. After the harvest of grow-out pens, instead of completely changing the bedding, Mr. Mendevil simply adds a new layer of rice hull over the old rice hull and then sprays on Probiotics around the pen and beddings. Spraying Probiotics allows the farm to keep up the count of good bacteria in the bedding and consequently to lessen the risk of newly stocked piglets acquiring health problems.
Mendevil farm also uses a unique system to conveniently pour fermented feeds on the feeding trough. A pail or water container is attached above the wall of the feeding trough and is connected to the feeding trough through a 2-inch pipe.
The flow of feeds through the pipe is controlled by a valve. Feeds are fermented overnight inside the container. Once the pigs are ready to be feed, the farm operator simple opens the valve and allows the fermented feeds to flow to the feeding trough. Afterwards, the container is cleaned by pouring a little water to it. The water mixed with leftover residue then also flows down to the feeding through.
Mendevil farm operates with more than 70 sows using a conventional breeder system. But because Feedpro is also used for the sows and boars, there is very minimal odor from the breeder farm. The breeder farm also uses the same feeding system used in the grow-out farm to feed fermented breeder diets to its sows and boars. Each sow averages at least 10 healthy piglets every delivery.
The Babuyang Walang Amoy system, while ideal and complementary to Feedpro, is not a necessity. Many semi-commercial hog raisers and commercial hog raisers who grow pigs in larger scales use Feedpro even in their conventional growing systems. Farmers will always have the option to use their existing traditional or conventional piggery and still achieve less foul odor in their farms while using Feedpro – because of the feeds’ all-natural ingredients and no-antibiotic formula.
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