It seems the demand for pork meat have caused some individuals to start the business of stealing pigs to supply. We woke up yesterday to realize that 10 huge pigs have been stolen from my neighbours’ farm. The thieves could not carry the animals live so they actually slaughtered them on the farm before transporting them away. His farm was about 2km from the nearest village with nobody on site.
His situation is not peculiar, majority of pigs farmers do not have any form of security on their farm. No gate to the farm, nobody on site, farm not fenced, farm manager staying far from farm. If this situation pertains in your farm, its not too late to tighten the security around your farm. Other form of security breach are discussed below;
Renting Your Boar or Crossing Your Sows in Another Farm
It is not very advisable to rent your boar out to cross sows or gilts in another farm. It is a lapse in security of your animals. I have seen a farmer loose all his animals because his neighbour took his females to another farm to be crossed, unfortunately, they contacted African Swine Virus thereby affecting all the animals in the farm. Over 300 pigs died due to this mistake. Just Yesterday, a colleague sent his boar out to another farm to service some gilts, before it got to the farm, the huge boar died on the road. Stress of handling during the transportation probably killed it.
No Bio- Security on Farm
A lot of farmers do not have any form of Bio-Security on their farms. People go in and out of their farms at will, And this is another serious lapse in security that can lead to deaths of animals. Anything going in or out of the farm ought to be disinfected. Any disinfectant could be used to disinfect anybody going to the farm. Even vehicles bringing in food or water to the farm must be disinfected since Lot’s of diseases are being spread by transportation. Therefore it is necessary to consider the importance of cleaning and disinfecting vehicles.
Quarantine Period For New Animals
Farmers should have a room to keep newly purchased animals for a while before they are introduced to the main farm. This quarantine room will give the farmer ample time to observe the animals critically for any disease, Some also do not collect the veterinary report on animals they intend to purchase, These are serious lapses in security that can cause you big time so buy from only reputable farms and also, ensure the veterinary officer conduct comprehensive test on the animals to ensure it is disease free.
I bought this pig to supply to a client. Its just by God’s grace that my herds are okay because i took a big gamble. I have already lost one of them but if i have done due diligence, i should not be in this situation.
In conclusion, all i am saying is that pig business is money business. So don’t gamble with your investment and ensure you protect your investment.
If you have about 300 pigs that are 80-100kg (Carcass Weight) each on site, the worth of your pigs is about 2.5 to 3 billion old Ghana Cedis, you don’t play gamble with such investment. So you don’t entertain any other pig on your farm and you don’t have to give people favours. Renting your boar out, keeping peoples animals in your site and so on. My old boy use to say that, ” If your kindness go kill you, don’t offer it”