How to start a backyard piggery
Learn how to start your own piggery business.
Mar 26, 2013 10:00 am
Starting a piggery is a great business that you can start in your own backyard.
[related|post]For this workbook, we solicited the help of seasoned pig farmer Rolly Bautista, who helped Entrepreneur Philippines with some basic know how for people who want to get into this kind of business. Rolly, who maintains a 200-square meter pig cage in his backyard in Apalit, Pampanga, has been in this line of business since 2000.
KEEP IT CLEAN
“It is not true that pigs are filthy animals. In fact, they can easily catch diseases if their surroundings, and even the people who take care of them or approach them, are unclean,” he said.
So for those who want to use their backyards for a small-scale piggery business, Rolly said the first emphasis should be on the pig cage or pen. He said that a drainage system and a septic tank are musts. Through this, every time the pigs urinate or defecates, the area can be cleaned immediately. The pigs defecate twice a day and the cage will only become smelly if they get mixed with the urine.
“If you will immediately clean the cage, it will not smell bad and your neighbors will not even notice that you have a piggery in your backyard because it will not emit a foul smell,” he said.
There should also be a steady source of water because the pigs need to be washed at least once a day. They also need to drink clean water regularly. The roofing of the cage should be high to help it have proper ventilation, because the sow will easily suffer a miscarriage if the area gets too hot.The pen should have regular anti-bacterial sprays. Bautista said a 200-square meter pen can accommodate up to 10 sows (inahin) and 50 fattener piglets.