- Stephens Munala purchased five pregnant sows from Agricultural Development Centre farm in Nakuru at Sh30,000 each.
- When it so cold, they are prone to pneumonia, thus, the pigs need a clean and dry pigsty.
- He supplements commercial feeds with cabbage leaves and kitchen waste.
- An increase in pork butcheries in the region indicates that the demand for pork has risen.
Stephens Munala’s pig farm is just a kilometre from Mumboha Secondary School in Ebusikhale village in Luanda, Vihiga County.
It is not difficult to trace it, thanks to the boda boda riders.
Munala, a businessman keeps 25 mature Large White pigs in a 10 by 10ft pigsty.
Currently, he has no piglets having sold 20 two-and-a-half-month-olds to a local youth group at Sh5,000 each recently.
“I want to clear this stock and bring in a new set of pigs,” says Munala, as he feeds the animals that are hardy, offer large litters, produce more milk and are good mothers.
The 30-year-old, who houses the pigs according to their ages, credits the venture to his love for the animals and desire to diversify his income. He started keeping the animals in 2010 after visiting a pig farm in Kiambu, where the farmer reared 100 pigs on a tiny land.
Back to Luanda, Munala purchased five pregnant sows from Agricultural Development Centre farm in Nakuru at Sh30,000 each, exclusive of transport costs.
“I put them in a small building in my backyard. In a month’s time they had furrowed and I had 60 piglets necessitating me to construct a pen for them,” says the farmer, who keeps the animals of part of his one-acre family land.
CLIPS THE TEETH
Munala clips the teeth of the piglets soon after they are born so that when they suckle, they don’t bite the mother.
In addition, the farmer administers iron injection on day three and 21 respectively to boost their immunity.
A shortage of iron results in lower levels of haemoglobin in the red cells (anaemia), a lowered capacity for the carriage of oxygen around the body and an increased susceptibility to diseases.
At the pigsty, the farmer has a tracker pasted on every pen, which he uses to monitor them. It captures date of arrival, their age, vaccines, treatment and the date to leave the pen for sale.
And as rains pound the country bringing in a cold weather, Munala has a warning to pig farmers.
“When it cold, you have to observe them closely. When it so cold, they are prone to pneumonia, thus, they need a clean and dry pigsty.”
Munala’s piglets developed hernia recently when he was about to castrate them.