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Feedpro in Cemented Pens

March 1, 2015

Like many hog raisers across the country, Mr. Aldrin Mascariñas and
Mrs. Florezil Corpuz enjoy an odorless piggery even while using the cemented pen.

 

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After many years of promoting Babuyang Walang Amoy, many hog raisers from backyard and commercial farms have shifted to using this system and have proven its effectiveness. The effectiveness of the system can be attributed partly to using rice hull as beddings. Changing of the rice hull bedding is done every growing cycle of the pig from stocking until unloading. Any shortage of rice hull can cause problems in management and delays in stocking. For some raisers, finding rice hull or other alternative beddings may be difficult. Therefore, they are obliged to practice the conventional or cemented system of raising pigs.

Because of the feed formulation of Feedpro, farmers will still be able to enjoy lesser foul odor similar to Babuyang Walang Amoy even in a conventional farm. The use of plant extract in the feed is one of the important factors in reducing the foul fecal odor without compromising the feed’s nutritional value. Another factor is that all other ingredients are plant-based. This is proven by the many Feedpro users running conventional cemented farms where minimal odor is observed.

Mr. Aldrin Mascariñas, an avid fan of Babuyang Walang Amoy is one of those hog farmers who are obliged to proceed in conventional style of pig farming despite residing in Nueva Ecija where rice is the primary crop. According to him, the size of his pen which can hold hundreds of fatteners will require large amounts of rice hull that he foresees may possibly run short since most rice hull in the
area is traded for other uses. He finds that using Feedpro compared to other brands considerably reduces the foul odor in his farm.

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Gilts roam freely in Mr. Mascariñas’ cemented pen.

Mr. Mascariñas’ 10-sow level conventional pen can hold up to 100 fatteners. Because of the limited space in the pen he decided not to have a wallowing pond and maximize the size allocation of the pen to 1 to 1.2 sqm per head. However having a wallowing pond is still more convenient since pigs are free to bathe on their own.

The pens are cleaned and the pigs are given a bath up to twice a day, before feeding. The feces are swept away to a canal leading to a septic tank using running water from a hose. He also uses automatic drinkers in his pens so that his pigs will have immediate access to potable water. Aside from this, Mr. Mascariñas also uses creolina, an antimicrobial cleanser that is widely accepted foruse in cleaning and deodorizing garbage cans, chutes and animal quarters. He previously used it while working in a hospital abroad where creolina is used for disinfecting surgical tools. The use of this chemical in his farm helps him easily clean the pen and eradicate foul odor. However frequent application of creolina is not necessary and is only applied when needed.

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Cleaning of the pen using diluted Creolina and running water.

For Mrs. Florezil Corpuz, another hog raiser in Nueva Ecija, raising pigs is always associated with stinking smell. She has been in piggery operation for many years and tried many different feed brands, including Feedpro. Like Mr. Mascariñas, she preferred to stay with her existing conventional pen rather than shifting to P.I.G.S. With her 12 sows and 18 growers, she does not have any issue with the foul smell, despite her pen being located near residences. She started using Feedpro last year but never got frustrated in cleaning the pens. When asked what advantage she saw in Feedpro over other brands, she said the smell of the feces of the pigs is much more endurable compared to others. According to her, reducing the foul odor of a piggery is all about sanitation management practices and the right choice of feeds.

Both Mr. Mascariñas and Mrs. Corpuz are among those hog farmers who are unlucky not to have Babuyang Walang Amoy using rice hull. But they are able to utilize the conventional system in an innovative way using Feedpro.

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