Is a Piggery a viable business in the Philippines?

Well the simple answer to this is “Yes” its unlikely to make you rich and if you live where your neighbours are likely to complain about the odour its not for you. Our first batch is in month 2 of 4 and starting to pile on weight. Our landlady has just sent her pigs to market so i started running through figures with the current market rate in Cebu and came up with the following results :-

Building a two sty piggery = P50,000 / P100,000 (added water tank and septic tank)
10 Piglets = P20,000
Feed+Vet costs = P26,000 (approx)
Current meat prices per kg = P115/P120
Average pig weight for market = 75kg
Sale weight of pigs 10 x 75kg = P86,250 (for 4 months work)
Take out the costs of feed and purchase = P40,250 profit (not including construction cost)
Multiply the factor by 12 months of 3 batches = P120,750

Ok it may not seem a lot but this is 1 pen operational the 2nd batch of piglets will be hopefully with us this month and if next month is good a further batch.
Once the initial P92,000 is paid out on the pigs i have an agreement with my wifes parents we go 50/50 on the profits. So although i dont maintain the pigs i have invested the stock value. So if you base the fact that the average wage is somewhere around P6,000 – P10,000 per month for a skilled worker and 30 piglets although will keep 1 person busy for at least some of each day the results are that the 30 pigs will provide an income of :-

P362,250 as a whole. Also emptying the septic tank and water will be a small reduction
But it does mean that even at 50% profit share it provides P15,093.75 per month for April and myself aswell as the same for Aprils parents which helps them a lot. We will also be looking at doing the same at our own compound which hopefully im thinking of another 80 pigs so we can start heading towards a western type of income in the Philippines.

We already own a pickup so getting to market isnt too much of a problem but maybe something you need to look at if doing this yourself. If you want any advice please feel free to ask.  Ive changed laptops and my other is currently in Cebu so as soon as i can get my data transfered ill start filling the forum up with more info. Currently its showing us at the stage prepping up for piglet batch no.2 which may not sound much. But it means we have a constant stock of 20 pigs and next month this will move to 30 and so on.

0 comments for “Is a Piggery a viable business in the Philippines?

  1. Peter Chong
    May 31, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Thank you for a very interesting write-up on piggery. By 2-sty do you mean two stalls? I am searching info on the web because I am concern about the waste from the pigs. At present we direct the waste into the rice field next to our piggery. The owner welcomes the waste as he considers it a fertiliser. But I like alternative way of disposing the waste. I notice you use a septic tank. I would appreciate more info about this.

    My brother-in-law and I have a small piggery in Pangasinan. I put up the capital to start. He takes care of the pigs and we share the profit 50/50. However, we are not able to sell our pigs by weight.

    You are right it will not make you rich. But for people from the villages like my B-i-L, the profit is most welcome cash for groceries and sending his child to school. And to him that is “rich”.

    Happy farming (piggering)

  2. Peter Chong
    May 31, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Thank you for a very interesting write-up on piggery. By 2-sty do you mean two stalls? I am searching info on the web because I am concern about the waste from the pigs. At present we direct the waste into the rice field next to our piggery. The owner welcomes the waste as he considers it a fertiliser. But I like alternative way of disposing the waste. I notice you use a septic tank. I would appreciate more info about this.

    My brother-in-law and I have a small piggery in Pangasinan. I put up the capital to start. He takes care of the pigs and we share the profit 50/50. However, we are not able to sell our pigs by weight.

    You are right it will not make you rich. But for people from the villages like my B-i-L, the profit is most welcome cash for groceries and sending his child to school. And to him that is “rich”.

    Happy farming (piggering)

  3. Matt Wilkie
    May 31, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Hi Peter,
                 the thing with a septic tank is you need to be able to separate the wastes especially as no doubt your stalls are washed down adding extra water to the waste. If you can separate the wastage off the “dry” waste is great fertilizer how long have you been putting it into the rice field? has it affected crops? There is nothing wrong with it if it works.. only damaging waste really is the methane gas from it which can also be collected in a bio-digester and used for cooking gas.

  4. Matt Wilkie
    May 31, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Hi Peter,
                 the thing with a septic tank is you need to be able to separate the wastes especially as no doubt your stalls are washed down adding extra water to the waste. If you can separate the wastage off the “dry” waste is great fertilizer how long have you been putting it into the rice field? has it affected crops? There is nothing wrong with it if it works.. only damaging waste really is the methane gas from it which can also be collected in a bio-digester and used for cooking gas.