Feed is a single largest itemon every budget in commercial pig farming accounting for at least 65% of thetotal cost of producing a pig and therefore correct feeding in terms of qualityand quantity is Paramount.
If feeding is correct, pig farmer’s profits and income will definitely become low and sometimes him in operating in deficit. A pig farmer should aim at minimizing the production costs if he or she is to maximize the profitability of this enterprise.
Most farmers usually say that the concentrate feeds are very expensive, forgetting the long duration’s their pigs take to reach the market weight and if we are to compare the effects of concentrate versus other alternatives on the performance of our pigs, you will actually realize that using soya, fish meal, cotton seed cake with broken maize and maize bran is more expensive than using concentrate on a long run.
Quality versus Quantity
Currently, most feed mills andfeed processing companies are operated by people who never cater for thefarmer’s interests forgetting that farmer’s exit from pig farming affects themtoo. Additionally, there is a lot of adulterated feeds on market. For example,sand is added to fish meal, maize bran mixed with rice bran etc. This kind ofdilution always to lower the quality of our complete feed which in turn affectsthe performance of our pigs.