PROFITABLE PIGGERY: Cost Cutting Is Key, P14,000 Saved On Feeds A Day

Celso Dioko poses with a sow with litter.

We remember the Dioko piggery in San Pablo city that we visited in 2017. What we canโ€™t forget most is the fact that they can save as much as P14,000 a day on feeds alone. How? Well, the piggery has a population of 3,500 breeders and fatteners of all ages. They consume about 7 tons or 7,000 kilos a day. And because they mix their own feeds, they can save as much as P2 per kilo by not relying on the commercial feeds in the market. They have their own animal nutritionist to ensure the high quality of their own feeds.

The piggery also saves a lot on electricity. They invested in a big biogas digester which provides the electricity to run their feedmill. It also provides the electricity needed in the farm during the daytime.

When Celso Dioko, the owner, was about to construct his feedmill, a contractor offered to build it for P10 million. He thought that the price was too high so he decided to construct the feedmill himself. He was able to build it at P5 million so he saved P5 million!

The piggery, by the way, has no foul smell and no flies. They use a biosolution from Japan which keeps the odor and the flies away.

The piggery uses plenty of water to wash the pigpens every day. But their water is practically free. A ram pump, an engineless machine, lifts water from the nearby river that is deposited in big cisterns.

Every month, the piggery produces 700 to 800 piglets. Only 500 are retained because thatโ€™s what the fattening house can accommodate. The rest are sold to other raisers. One weanling fetched at the time of our visit P2,600 for the first 10 kilos. Any additional kilo was charged at P26. Usually, the weanlings sold weighed from 15 to 20 kilos.

Celso Dioko was a former vice mayor of Muntinlupa City. He is really a sharp business entrepreneur who knows how to cut costs.

The piggery is thoroughly washed with water drawn from a nearby river using a ram pump, an engineless machine that does not use any fuel.
The dome of the biogas digester. The facility generates electricity to run the feedmill and daylight requirements of the farm.
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