Sourcing Blood meal for Pigs
The benefits of blood meal are enormous and I started hunting them when some of my animals had an episode of Iron deficiency due to my over economization of feeding resources.
The easiest way to get blood is from slaughtered animals and this sent me off scavenging to one abattoir around my farm where I discovered I could get a steady source but do all the processing by myself. Processing is vital as you can’t just feed d animal raw blaaaaad. The blood has to be cooked to kill kokoro(germs) and dried. Then you probably have to grind it…….phew!.
I knew this was way too much wahala and unsustainable… a different approach was needed.
So I made a few enquiries and discovered I could get already processed blood meal at Oko-Oba Abattoir( Agege, Lagos state). So off I went to buy 200kg….. I made the following discoveries:
The blood is actually sold outside the abattoir beside the canal roughly 50m from the maingate
It is weighted and sold per kilogram(prices range between 50-100Naira per kg)
It is already bagged- which means you have to be smart because the seller might have added some debris to it inorder to increase the weight. So it’s better you try and examine the whole content even if it means emptying the contents. Another important factor is to ensure its properly dried else you will have challenges grinding it.
Grinders are available across the road at Mogaji market.
Here is a typical chemical composition of blood meal which depends on the processing method
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