One of the biggest challenges in pig farming has to do with feeding. This morning, I decided to get creative and visit the market myself mainly to get proteins to supplement the normal pig feed. Even pigs deserve a treat sometimes. We hit the road at 6am and by 6:45 I arrived at Agbogbloshie market with my wife. She is an expert at Agbogbloshie and I have not stepped foot there in ages.
We started at the fish stands asking for dry fish, fish skin, head, tails, etc (mainly Amane). After about 6 stalls a woman informed us she had a sack full. She then took us through some Lungus (winding corners) to another shop where we got a whole large bag. After some tough negotiations we got it for GH40 plus 1 Ghana Kaya fare to the nearest grinding point. After grinding it shrunk a bit but the weight in all was about 55Kg. We stopped at several other places but were informed some big time buyers had already stormed the market a day earlier and bought everything. Few people who had some Olonkas were demanding too much so the fish search was abandoned.
I must confess I have not fed my pigs with ordinary beans before. I usually use the soya bean flakes to mix. I however think the nutrients will be same so after combing arround several places, I got about 20 Olonka at GHC 21. This is the beans left over after sieving and picking by the market women. It had a few stones in them and a few husks but more of the whole beans which after grinding was close to a 50Kg bag. Grinding was costing GHC15 but after my wife rattled a few words in Hausa, the milling guy accepted 5GHC and plus the normal 1 Ghana for the Kaya this was also safely transported to the car park.
I asked arround for groundnut waste but was informed that was also finished. After walking arround for another hour, we left with a few telephone numbers of potential future suppliers. Basically, there are people who have established relationships with these market women and regularly pick up the chaff. Even cassava peals are now in high demand. I then visited a normal mill and bought 2 pags of maize, 2 bags of wheat bran, and a bag of local soya cake (price shot up to GHC 76). After mixing all the ingridients together at the feed mill and adding 1Kg of some vitamins that I don't even know about, I got 6 bags of 50Kg high protein pig food at 300GHC (excluding my fuel and time costs).
I intend to add this new recipe in bits to my normal malt from the breweries and rice bran over the next month to feed about 50 of the 8-10 week weaners. Thanks to a home use truck I acquired last month, transportation cost is now manageable. The truck works commercially for 5 days a week and I use the 6th day to cart stuff to the farm. If anybody needs transport within Accra, Nsawam, Kasoa area, you know how to get me: email@example.com . I will inform the driver to provide special discount to pig farmers who visit this blog :) I will definitely report on how the new recipe goes. See ya !!!
Two weeks on and I can see visible improvements in the pigs. The weaners especially are very active. Last weekend, I spiced up their diet with cassava peals and some ground cassava. The food Wahala has started again. Very difficult to get the malt from breweries. Hmmm !!!