It was more than a year ago that I read in this forum that feeding the pigs with alternative feeds to the commercial feeds can lower our feed cost. In fact Mr Andry Lim posted that the composition of the organic feed they are using in his farm is as follows:
50% IMO food (recipe above)
25% rice bran D1
25% commercial pig food
After I watched in the YouTube presentation of FeedsPro that the ingredients of the FeedsPro commercial feed are all organic materials, I thought that by using the FeedsPro feeds in Mr. Andry Lim's organic feed composition above, would result in 100% organic feed.
1. Due to the above I strive to plant the various species of plants discussed by Mr. Lim in making the IMO food that would compose the 50% IMO food.
2. The other 25% that is the Darak D1 is easy to come by specially during the palay harvest season. I already made arrangement just 3 days ago to buy the entire palay harvest of a friend of mine in the barrio. He actually harvested only 70 sacks of palay of average 50 kilos per sack and delivered them to my farm on 4/23/2012. We will stock the palay after na mabilad namin tuwing mainit ang araw. Pag tumaas na ang presyo ng bigas ay saka namin pakiskis ang palay sa konohan para mabawi ang puhunan sa palay with maliit na tubo at malikom namin ng libre ang mga DARAK D1, binlid at IPA. Gagamitin namin ang DARAK D1 as the 25% component of Mr. Lim's organic feed.
3. Since the FeedsPro feeds is now in Sorsogon City, the last component of Mr. Lim's organic feed which is the 25% commercial feeds is now available. It was advertised that this FeedsPro feeds are made from organic materials. Therefore by using it, Mr. Lim's feed composition would truly be a 100% organic alternative feed for my pigs.
Reducing the Pig Ration to only 25% would be a material reduction in the feed cost and the above might result in 100% Organic Feed.
I have spent close to 2 years now in planting the various plants needed to make the 50% IMO food and I think I am close to attaining my goal. These are the various plants that were discussed in Mr. Lim's posting that I planted in my farm such as the madre de agua, indigofera, flamengia, rensonii, talinum, alugbati, Palm Oil trees, kankong, malungay, bananas, camote, gabi, etc. The plants are now established in the soil and we are now making cuttings in plastic bags to fill up all vacant spaces in my farm so that we will never run out of raw plant materials for the 50% IMO plant food. Maybe when I take my vacation next month we can start making Mr. Lim's organic feed mixture to feed to the pigs.
I am sharing some pics of the plants in one part of my farm as follows: (NOTE: Plenty varieties of these plants came from Sir Tholitz)
In case other ka-forums wish to know the complete post of Mr. Andry Lim's "Thailand Pig Ration" that I copied and pasted into my computer archive, I am reproducing it here instead of having difficulty looking for it in very lenghty threads in this forum.
The following is the post:
This is the Thailand Pig Ration as posted by Andry Lim of Davao in another thread that I reproduce here because it is relevant to the topic in this thread on how to “reduce feed cost”.
Per Andry Lim:
Here's the recipe we teach, then later on you can design your own feed formulation. First you have to plant the legumes (rensonii, indigofera, tricantera gigantea or madre de agua) and vegetable plants. Remember that our baboy is a vegetarian).
Formula for IMO Pig Food
Ratio: 100 parts plant material / 4 parts sugar / 1 part salt
• Obtain edible plant material (any quantity). Examples include water spinach (kangkong), fresh grasses, banana stems, etc. Consult with locals for ideas for local native options.
• Chop plant material into bite sized pieces, mix with sugar and salt, place in plastic or ceramic bucket.
• Cover with PLASTIC sheet and tie in place. This is an anaerobic process that pickles the material.
• Food is ready to feed in 5-7 days. It will have a good smell and sour taste. Pag mabaho ibig sabihin hindi mo natangalan ng lupa. kaya dapat wash and dry or ipagpag. Basta make sure walang lupa para hindi madaling mapanis.
• Can use this food for up to 50% of the ration. See the sample Thailand ration below.
This is an example pig ration from Thailand and what we are using today in our farm. Because we plant a lot of legumes and vegetables kaya hindi na kami gumagamit ng 100% commercial feeds. 75% ay natural organic feeds na ang pakain namin.
50% IMO food (recipe above)
25% rice bran D1
25% commercial pig food (I heard FeedsPro feeds is ORGANIC also, so if FeedsPro feed is used, the pig ration is 100% organic na.)
Add water to make a slop. FFJ (papaya or tundan saging) or from FPJ (banana trunk).
Pigs should reach market weight in 3-4 months.
Introduce new food in small quantity and increase % over time.
Use at least 2 containers for IMO food production. Feed the pigs from one container while you fill the other and wait for it to pickle. From this recipe pwede ka ng gumawa ng sariling feed formulations according sa material na available. We put coconut charcoal to our pigs and they love it. Hope this will help you reduce your feed cost.
Legumes kapamilya ng sitaw...may pods.
100 kg. / 4 kilo molasses or muscuvado / 1 kilo salt
This is good for grower/ finisher feed replacement
Don't forget to put 1 kilo crushed coconut charcoal.
Hope you are familiar in making FFJ/FPJ
Other than reduced feed cost, it is also recommended to have a well ventilated and solar power house and the bedding ay dapat may pumapasok na araw and of course you have to have a feedlot or vegetable garden for your kitchen and the pigs. Ideally, 300 sq. meters of feedlot is enough for 10 heads.
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