Organic, odorless swine pushed in Negros Occidental
Bacolod City (4 June) -- A swine farmer in Victorias City, Negros Occidental sees no reason to wash pigs. Neither do neighbors see a reason to complain of foul odor. Thanks to the farm's unique cultural management practices that make the farm almost odor-free and environment-friendly.
Ramon Peņalosa of Peņalosa Farms has develop probiotics swine-raising and is being supported by the Negros Occidental provincial government to spread his ideas.
The piggery of Peņalosa farms is situated inside a machine shop compound at the heart of Victorias City and at the back of a big commercial center.
Hog raising began by accident in 2000, there was then abundant kangkong planted in a swampy part of the compound which also became a part of the mechanics' meals. The farmer thought of taking in the first four pigs. From humble beginnings, the swine farm grew and became profitable. But what makes it interesting is its swine-raising strategy using probiotics.
Probiotics are formulations beneficial organisms and enzymes as well as vitamins and minerals added to animal feed. It contains good bacteria that improve the immune system of the pigs preventing harmful bacteria to cause foul odor and diseases, and makes them "no wash" farm animals because they can be left without regular baths.
With this, the swine farm requires no commercial disinfectant as footbath and no antibiotics except hog cholera vaccine.
Peņalosa's unique farm is propelled by more innovations like its low-cost pens made of semi-permanent and light materials. He makes flooring out of hog manure mixed with rice hull and layers of biodegradable materials like chopped banana trunks, mill ash, mudpress, shredded rice straw, sugarcane tops, fruit and vegetable peelings, leaves and weeds found in the farm. (PIA) [top]