The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has recently opened a large livestock farm to create new jobs and training opportunities as well as alleviate protein deficiency in the nation. One means of reaching this goal is the sow farm in Ilutoro, 300 km west of Lagos, which the governor recently inaugurated. All agro equipment for keeping the sows in a closed farm system was provided by a German pig equipment supplier Big Dutchman.
Protein deficiency represents a state of relative or absolute deficiency of body proteins or one or more of the essential amino acids. The Ondo state government is aware that protein food sources are becoming expensive, so the livestock farm and piggery has been put in place to increase the protein intake of Nigerians.
The first herd with 56 sows recently moved into the new barn. The project managers expect that around 1,000 piglets will be finished until ready for slaughter every year.
Big Dutchman is considered the international market leader for equipment and feeding systems for modern pig production and has been for many years. To keep the distance to customers as short as possible, the Big Dutchman organisation has set up a global network of offices and agencies that includes Nigeria. The equipment supplier has been supporting the country’s livestock producers from its location in Lagos for some years now.
Hygiene and feeding plays an important role in pig production. The managers of the Nigerian sow farm know this and have therefore selected the corresponding equipment:
Slatted floors and slurry pits: The pigs faeces pass through the floor and urine drains off, i.e., the pigs have hardly any contact with their excrements; surfaces remain clean, which lowers the risk of infection. The pigs’ manure is collected in a pit below the pens. The slurry with its high contents of bound nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other nutrients is a very valuable fertiliser that benefits crop growth. It will therefore be spread on the fields and replace chemical fertilisers as nitrogen source in the future.
Better Surfaces: Equipment such as pen panels, feeders or drinkers have smooth, closed surfaces for improved hygiene.
Drinking water and proper livestock feeds: The pigs have access to fresh water at all times and a balanced ration of agro feeds for their general health and wellbeing. The Pig Site