to Grow Healthy Pigs
YOU are familiar with a health drink that contains lactobacilli. That's supposed to help you digest your food more efficiently. Lactobacilli can also be used to raise healthy pigs which doesn't have the usually offensive smell of manure. And these pigs can be robust even without injecting them with veterinary drugs.
The lactobacilli keep the pig stay not foul-smelling because they destroy bad bacteria, the ones responsible for the bad smell. Actually, it's unnecessary to feed pigs with lactobacilli. Simply inoculates the "dirt floor" of the pigpen with the organism which keeps on multiplying. The pigs somehow imbibe the lactobacilli, too, and this improves their digestive system.
A typical pigpen is four meters by eight meter. It is roofed like any ordinary pigpen but instead of cement floor, the pigs live on a "dirt flooring" which is a big hole filled with shredded organic materials and 10% soil. The manure and urine of the pigs seep down and there's no need to clean with water like what other pig raisers do in their pigpens. The lactobacilli take charge in cleaning the pigpen. [Click here to learn this process.]
The moisture content of the dirt flooring should be maintained at 60 percent. This is because the good bacteria thrive and multiple best under such conditions. By doing that, just inoculates the pigpen with lactobacilli just once before putting the pigs inside the pen. There are usually wet spot in the pigpen like where the animals urinate. The moisture content in such spots can be adjusted by adding some dry soil. Aside from helping adjust the moisture content in the pigpen, the soil is also a source of necessary minerals for the nutrition of the pigs. Feed the pigs with ordinary hog rations but also gives them a lot of cut grasses which also provide the animals with vitamins.
But, where will you get the lactobacilli?
It is advisable to make your own. There are numerous species of lactobacilli and you can use those which you will get from the air of your place. Follow this procedure:
can multiply the lactobacilli indefinitely by repeating the above
procedure. The lactobacilli can be inoculated into the "dirt
floor" of the pigpen by sprinkling. In a 15-litter sprinkler (rigader)
put 300 cc or 1.5cups of lactobacilli and sprinkle it thoroughly on the
pigpen floor. Always maintain a moisture content of
60 percent. To maintain a better acidity of the shredded pigpen
floor materials, add 0.3% salt and some lime.
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