GRACE FARM (A division of Prince Technology & Community Development Foundation – PTCDF)
GRACE PIG FARM (A division of Prince Technology and Community Development Foundation – PTCDF)
Pig Farming also known as piggery is another aspect of farming in Nigeria that is making smart investors and entrepreneurs huge money on daily basis. Venturing into Pig Farming is like break-up with Poverty; because Pork meat is in high demand in Nigeria and sells very fast in the market. Another reason is that Pig reproduces in large number and grows very fast. A single pig gives birth to as much as 15 piglets at a time, making it one of the most reproducing livestock in the world…Baby pig is known as shoat, or piglet. Male pig is referred to as the Boar, while female is sow. As a group they are called a herd or drove…!!
Question: how long does a pig stay pregnant & when will she be ready to have another little?
The gestation (pregnancy) period of the female pig is 114 days (less than 4 months). She will be ready for another breeding around 5-7 days after piglets are weaned (removed from nursing). Thus, if you wean the piglets at 21 days of age, she will come into estrus (heat) around 26-28 days after farrowing (giving birth)…Wow.. Meaning that it can give birth twice in 9 months and few days (less than 10 months)
Despite the huge profit of Piggery, many Nigerian are still overlooking this gold-mine because of ignorance of how it works. While some don’t just get the fact that it is a big business. The business is not time demanding, you can do it part-time or full-time..!!
A fully grown Pig goes for as high as N50,000 (and above) depending on the weight. Now Imagine for a year you are able to rear 100 to maturity, you will be making upward of N5 Million from the sales. If you can take it higher – lets say like 200 pigs in a year, you will be making upward of N10 Million. Considering how fast pigs reproduces, it wouldn’t be a very much big deal to come up with 100 or 200 pigs in a year…!!We started with 21 Pigs. Today we have over 150 pigs/piglets. “We are smiling to the Bank almost every week”. Eight of our Pigs gave birth in December 2019 (between 22nd – 30th); over 50 piglets. If we decide to sell all at the rate of N10, 000 (each) after three weeks, we will be smiling to the Bank with N500,000.00 (half a million).
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