Today I will share an old but powerful idea for reducing losses and increasing profits on the Pig farm.
Many Pig farms have suffered the occasional/sporadic deaths of grown pigs due to presence of harmful toxins in their feed.
Inclusion of commercial toxin binders in pig feed formulations helps to mitigate this great economic loss but also at a significant financial and processing cost to feeding, hence some might shy away from its usage. So what alternative exists for the cost efficient farmer?
My last post was on vaccinating pullets, cockerels and broilers, today I will expose a Layer feed formula to you. Using this formula you can go to the nearest feedmill and make cheap and nutritious feed for your laying birds. This is how I save millions every month. Read more…
Here is a quick tip for the everyday pig farmer desirous of implementing different ways of reducing feed cost for his Pigs. Read more…
Everyone wants to go into agric without proper training and investment in agric education.
The results are usually wasted finances or low profit margin. Competent knowledge of Drugs and Nutrition is supreme in pig farming; Most farmers are unable to formulate a nutritious low cost ration for their animals, hence their operational cost is very high. Read more…
This list is all about feed ingredients and their current prices. Prices always differ based on location. Some of the items are not easily quantified because the sellers don’t retail based on weight; they just bag it up. You can always squeeze them to top it up :D. Read more…
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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Feeding pigs in Nigeria is quite easy but tricky. There are two ways to go compounding a balanced ration using crop produce(maize, soya e.t.c) or utilizing industrial byproducts. The latter option is more affordable and produces good results, so that’s what I will discuss. Read more…