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How a Conventional System Worked for this Farm in Davao

October 1, 2015

“Even with these changes to their farm, they were still able to incorporate Feedpro as their feed of choice and still enjoy a reduced (and sometimes zero!) foul odor.”

 

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While many of Feedpro’s customers continue to use the Babuyang Walang Amoy and continue to enjoy the system’s benefits, some farmers like Mr. Aldrin Mascariñas and Mrs. Florezil Corpuz of Nueva Ecija stick to the conventional way of raising pigs, while still using Feedpro as their fodder. There are some cases when both backyard and small-scale hog raisers are forced to convert their Babuyang Walang Amoy (with rice hull bedding) into solidfloored concrete pens (conventional systems) because of some problems encountered during the culture period.

Mr. Randy and Jocelyn Flores, distributors and users of Feedpro, are one such example of a Feedpro user who converted their Babuyang Walang Amoy into the conventional system. The couple started carrying Feedpro in their store, Kanayon Agri-Pets Trading in Magsaysay St., Calinan, Davao City last January 2013. On November that same year, they put up their own Babuyang Walang Amoy farm in Talomo River, Calinan, Davao City. Now, their farm, named R&C Farm, is a 17-sow-level farm. The piglets from their sows are sold to their Feedpro clients.

After almost two years of raising pigs using the Babuyang Walang Amoy system, the couple encountered a problem earlier this year. Because of constant rains plaguing Mindanao these recent months, the ground beneath their farm could no longer hold the water. Soon enough, water from the ground began penetrate the rice hull beddings of the farm causing the rice hulls to stay wet.

Harmful bacteria thrive in the wet rice hulls and soon their pigs began contracting sickness, and the farm’s mortality rate began rising.

As a remedy to this problem, the couple decided to convert their piggery flooring into solid floor concrete. The couple however decided to retain the wallowing pond feature of their piggery.

 

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Babuyang Walang Amoy converted concrete pen with wallowing pool at R&C Farm in Davao.

 

Currently, Mr. and Mrs. Flores have six cemented conventional pens and three Babuyang Walang Amoy pens left, that soon will also have to be converted to conventional pens.

According to Mr. and Mrs. Flores, having Babuyang Walang Amoy as their farming system would still have been more convenient than the current concrete system, were it not for the flooding problem. Before the onslaught of the rains and flooding in the pens, the Babuyang Walang Amoy rice hull bedding reduced the level of harmful bacteria and virus generation. Their pigs were healthier and they did not require the use of preventive medicines. The pigs were also able to practice their natural behavior of digging and rooting. Moreover, the rice hull served as top quality fertilizer, better than the slurry and manure produced in most pig farms. The couple uses the rice hull fertilizer for the mango and lanzones trees grown in their farm.

While the couple is no longer worried about stocking the pens with rice hulls because of the shift to the Babuyang Walang Amoy system, they still experience an increase in expenses for the water and electricity consumption. They used to buy rice hull at fifteen to twenty pesos per sack in order to stock their pens. Now, while the expense for the rice hulls is gone because they need to clean the pens and remove the litter from the pen a little more regularly. This requires more effort, more time, and more labor. The presence of the wallowing pond, though, has indeed helped with reducing the smell and keeping the pigs clean.

Like Mr. and Mrs. Flores, many other farmers are experiencing these problems in their Babuyang Walang Amoy and their solution is to switch to conventional cemented system. Even with these changes to their farm, they were still able to incorporate Feedpro as their feed of choice and still enjoy a reduced (and sometimes zero!) foul odor. This is because Feedpro does not incorporate antibiotics in its formula, and because Feedpro also includes natural ingredients like Yucca extract that help to eliminate foul odor in the pigs’ manure.

When setting up a Babuyang Walang Amoy or a conventional system, always keep in mind that it is not just the system that reduces the foul odor, but the feeds play a big role as well. Antibiotic-based feeds may not keep the pen odor-free the way Feedpro does.

 

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One of the remaining Babuyang Walang Amoy Pens
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