That business and hobby should go hand in hand has become I Wayan Budiarsa’s principle in developing his pig farming in Jegu village, Penebel District, Tabanan, Bali. "I chose this business because since childhood I have been familiar with the world of agriculture and animal husbandry," he told TROBOS Livestock.
Wayan’s current pig business is actually inherited from his father, who initiated it in 1995. "At that time there were 10 sows," said a graduate of the Economics Faculty of Udayana University.
All the sows in his farm are Landrace. Genetically, this breed, he said, is better and more promising in the market. In terms of capital, Wayan prefers to be independent since it is more comfortable and happier for him. "Although small, I want to be independent," he said.
Commenting on the pig business in Bali, Wayan said that many people did it just as savings. "All this time, raising pigs for many Balinese is considered just as a savings effort. By the time their children enter school, or when there is an urgent need, they sell their pigs. If possible, savings should also bring a profit, so calculation is important," said the man, who wears glasses.
The calculation includes the use of sapronak during the raising activity. As soon as piglets are born, the calculation has to be started. "The farmers tend to mix up the money to raise livestock with the one for other needs, so the posts are not clear," said the owner of this UD Guna Merta.
In his farm, the first child of the two brothers implements a full-farming system. He raises sows and piglets at the same time. Out of 18 sows he owns, all the piglets produced are raised by himself and he sells his pigs at certain times.
Read this article completely in TROBOS Livestock magazine 185th ed/March 2015