I began working for Enterprise Farm in March of 2008. I arrived just as the brick and mortar pig barn was being completed. At that time we owned five sows, and shortly after my arrival we purchased eight new pigs. We focused on buying good breeds, such as Large White, Combra, or Yorkshire rather than the local breeds, in order to improve feed efficiency. Since that time we have grown internally to house as many as 112 animals.
Recently we sold off many of the young piglets to an organization called ‘Concern For The Girl Child‘ and other private buyers and currently stand at 55 pigs. It is quite evident that feed costs consume over 80% of our profit margin, and we are working at strategic ways to reduce feed costs and improve health. We have planted Morringa trees around the pig barns as a valuable source of vitamins and minerals and have planted several acres of soybeans to add to the feed ration.
Our future goal is to add a butchery unit, where we can select, season, smoke and package choice cuts of meat. Our production goal is to produce as many as 600 piglets annually.