Hog raisers have their own strategies to cut feed cost which is often said to be as much as 70% of the cost of production. One fellow we know concocts his own fermented feeds to produce hog feed that costs only P10 per kilo.
Not many hog raisers, however, know how to produce their own fermented feeds. So they turn to probiotics that are available in the market. One such probiotic is called Fedgrozyme produced by Dr. Rene Sumaoang of Novatech.
By using Fedgrozyme, the hog raiser can save as much as P538.75 per fattened hog weighing 90 kilos in a growing period of 4 to 5 months, according to Dr. Sumaoang. How is this possible?
Well, hog feed costs an average of P1,200 per 50-kilo bag today. Normally, one fattener will consume 4 bags of feeds to attain 90 kilos in a period of 4 to 5 months. That means a total of P4,800 worth of feeds. When Fedgrozyme is mixed with the regular hog feed, the pig only eats about 3.5 bags of feed to attain 90 kilos. The 25 kilos saved (half bag) is therefore worth P600. The total cost of Fedgrozyme used in the 3.5 bags consumed by the pig is worth P61.25. This means therefore that the pig only ate P4,261.25 worth of feeds with Fedgrozyme. Hence, a saving of P538.75 per fattened hog. This is reached by subtracting P61.25 from the cost of half bag of feeds saved worth P600.
Fedgrozyme contains enzymes that digest the feed efficiently so that the nutrients are easily absorbed by the animal. Fedgrozyme also contains beneficial microorganisms that prevent the proliferation of harmful organisms inside the pig’s gut. This means that the harmful microbes are controlled. Therefore, the use of antibiotics is minimized or not availed of at all.
Fedgrozyme, says Dr. Sumaoang, also contains vitamins and minerals which contribute to the fast growth of the animals. Dr. Sumaoang can be reached at 0917-848-3658.