Pig farms that are big enough can enjoy tremendous savings on feeds if they have their own feedmill. Just like the piggery at the Dioko Farm Resort in Brgy. San Joaquin in San Pablo City.
With a pig population of 3,500, the Dioko Pig Farm consumes about 7 tons or 7,000 kilos of feeds a day. And because they mix their own feeds, they can save as much as P2 per kilo by not relying on the commercial feed in the market. That means a saving of P14,000 a day! They have their own animal nutritionist so that by mixing their own feed, they are sure of the right nutrient contents of what they give to their animals.The Dioko Farm Resort has three main sections, one of which is the piggery. Although the complex is a resort where many tourists arrive every day, the presence of the piggery is not a problem because it does not have the usual foul odor of the piggeries that you and I are familiar with. That’s because they have their biosolution formulation from Japan that checks the bad smell in the piggery, according to Virgilio Dioko, the founder’s elder brother and resident manager of the Dioko Farm Resort complex.
Farm tourists don’t usually tour the piggery for biosecurity reasons, meaning safeguarding from possible introduction of disease by the visitors. What is open to farm visitors is the Ecotourism Park which showcases a lot of bright farming ideas.
Celso Dioko, the high school dropout who eventually became a successful businessman in the construction industry and now also a public servant (vice mayor of Muntinlupa), started the piggery with just 6 gilts in 1997. From that very modest beginning, the swine project grew and grew so that today it boasts of no less than 550 breeding sows and 18 boars of Duroc, Landrace and Pietrain. Total population as of this writing (June 8, 2017) is 3,500 head of various ages.
Celso Dioko really knows how to cut costs in whatever business that he does. For instance, in putting up the feedmill to produce the requirements of the piggery, he was able to save P5 million. At first, he said, a contractor offered to build the feedmill at a cost of P10 million. Thinking that the price was too high, he decided to do the construction himself. He used many of the materials salvaged from his construction business and was able to put up the feedmill at P5 million – half the cost quoted by the contractor.
The biogas system is also contributing a lot of savings for the piggery. The biodigester is 20 meters by 30 meters and 8 meters deep. All the manure of the pigs are directed to the digester which now generates all the electricity needed to run the feedmill and all the power requirement of the farm resort during the daytime. It is only at night that Meralco supplies the electricity.
Another facility that contributes to the savings in the piggery is the ram pump. This is an engineless machine that lifts water from the nearby river to several big cisterms. The water is used for cleaning the piggery every day.
Every month, the piggery produces 700 to 800 piglets. Out of this number, only 500 are retained because that’s what the fattening house can accommodate. The rest are sold to other raisers. One weanling fetches P2,600 for the first 10 kilos. Any additional kilo is charged P26. Usually, weanlings sold weigh from 15 to 20 kilos.
The fatteners that are raised at the Dioko piggery are ready for the market 165 days from birth. Each fattener usually weighs 90 to 110 kilos. Because of the many ways they can cut the cost of production, the piggery is a profitable operation.