A New Plan For MB Piggery

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  1. Brian you are a stellar Human being and a great example of an American. Never giving up. Always pushing forward. Never caving in. May God be with you. Stay strong 👍

    1. I think U could throw some fish in to help control the Mosquitos n Azolla from that I’ve heard freshens water to where Mosquitos like dank water what I’m really worried about is that I don’t think Brian is going deep enough with the water I always see Azolla in waste deep water!! The well idea seems like an absolute must n a deep 1 at that!! Then U could build burms for the corn as well as a walkway n maybe some kind of fruit trees then add some piping between the burms to let water go from 1 to the other then jus use the well to flood that portion of the the field tell the neighbors that he has a watering n whalling station to send over the Car a bill’s😀 I’d have it set up as an Azolla mini fish ponds using the ponds to water the fruit trees n corn I wish I was there with a bobcat n a few attachments BRIAN DIG A DEEP DEEP WELL!!!

  2. Just a thought.. when it does get into the real rain seasons your ponds will over flow and everything goes south.. I know it has not been wet for a long time but if it gets back to normal, you could have problems.. But I’m not there so I don’t know anything, just a thought.

    1. Good point, tho have asked about waterlogging before, Brian said it drains away pretty quickly.
      Unlike my place, took a month to drain 6 inches of water on our lot in 2018( when had heavy rain and flooding)

  3. Brian , how about planting some more bananas along with the corn for shade ,maybe every 20- 25 feet, you can sell the bananas and or make banana Qs & Saging Turon for snacks! Side bznz for lady M and Jinny

  4. water reserve exist into lacke BRIAN …………make 1meter high tank for full 50cm if rain exist space for full water ,azzola function and are free meat chicken ,eggs ,cut cost food pigs

  5. Fish guts mixed into the naturally low nitrogen pig manure compost would boost your compost to the point where it could be spread on those fields section by section and start reconditioning them

  6. tank make of bamboo for cut cost after measure PVC sistem keep water …….for test evaporation water test with stick …….BRIAN for not sunlight planted tree banana sorrund tank azzola and obtain two things tree banana Lockathan and azzola

  7. Brian, I’ve done a lot of research on what you are planning also. There are a lot of you tube videos out of the Philippines on this subject, use palm leaves laid over top of your ponds for shade, use the chickem s##t for fertilizer also start raising Black soldier fly larvae. The just need household waste to grow, Also try to start the ponds as you finish them.

    1. I’ve read that black soldier flys eat other flying insects and flys. Watched a guy make a bed for them in wooden box on angle. Dumped household food waste into bed. Resulting maggots crawled to top of inclined box and fell into catch box at top. Food for chickens. If video is true was a system I was thinking of using. No experience raising bugs, not even sure where to find those larvae.

    1. No. Burning makes you lose nutrients, not gain them. It works when there is a lot of vegetation because it makes the nutrients available but it also allows them to leach off.

  8. tree banana planted corect ,,,,,,,,,hole 50 cm deep ,diameter hole one meter and 60% full with rice halls for give power at tree development and grow up health…….treee BANANA are solution for not evaporation water of tank azzola into future

  9. Brian, I know you probably will hate what I going to say but here it goes ; dump the pigs!!
    I like your new plan, but why not sell your finished product as feed for another piggery.
    Take your empty pig pens, get some soil in them and do some raised bed gardening of high value crops. Your pens would keep garden pest out.
    If you still have a desire to raise an animal, take a look a “barbados black belly sheep”, available here in the Philippines. P50K would get you a nice starter flock. Heck of a lot easier to look after than pigs, less maintenance.
    Anybody doing rabbits in your area? Rabbit manure is some of the best fertilizer going.
    I think if you are able to fine tune your azolia, you can cut the size you will need to produce your target amount.
    Too much is stacked against you raising pigs in this country. That swine flu is not going away, it will rear it’s ugly head here and there.
    Whatever you decide, I hope it works out for the best.
    Regards

  10. Seems like the tilapia pond really provides no value to the farm. There would be minimal cost to eliminate the talapia from the pond and make it an azolla pond. You have water already there. You might consider this.

  11. This is a great idea. Vertical integration on the feed end. Not sure relying on the corn will be good enough for shade, only because it will only offer shade when grown up. What about the rest of the growing seasons? Someone else suggested mallunguy (moringa)… better option, also makes pig feed (leaves and fruit) plus it will give you chop and drop for enriching your other soil when you coppice it every once in a while. The shade from mallunguy can also be kept sparse, plus those trees fix nitrogen…. grow like weeds.

    1. @Russell Herndon True. Maybe intercrop to start? The only instant shade would be some sort of structure and that would be quite a bit of frame /trellis / etc. Though posts and shade cloth could work every second row if high enough. Maybe reuse the shade cloth in later projects like the plateau screenhouse.

  12. Hello Brian! You have some great plans but I don’t understand if you are always out of Budget then where is this money coming from for this Venture? Dump the piggery and just go with the fishpen, and slow your life down and live off the You-Tube funds.

  13. LIke the idea of Malungay and Banana trees to shade the ponds. When the shade netting needs to be replaced, perhaps the the trees would be big enough to give good shade.

  14. A piggery is long shot for a business unless you breed them for a meat supply that goes directly to a restaurant(no middle hand % loss of your potential total profit) and such. Hopefully it works out. Trial & failure and repeat until you make it.

  15. Never give up! EVER!! Actually it sounds like a decent plan if you can pull it off in time. There will be many options for filling in the rows for shade too. I think I heard you say that the rows will be in different directions as well. This may also have an impact on the Azolla. The positioning of the sun is what I am referring to. With the rows being planned in different directions you will learn which is best. if there is even any difference.

  16. At this stage of the game , sow it all , food , food , food . I read a fella in Thailand, got 20 kg / day , mushroom shed , good luck to you all .

  17. For fields not used for this part of project a long term prep solution for the remaining ground you could chop surrounding weeds and grass, start at one end and pile in thick layers about 12″ thick. Working out to cover the field over time. As the layer breaks down it will be converted into mulch like layer about 3″ to 4″ thick. Let the weed cover areas sit and let nature do the rest of land reconditioning. Takes a good year or so, but other than labor to cut and pile weeds no real cost.

  18. What’s your ground like is it lime stone, clay or just soil I have my drilling rig for sale it’s much easier than digging a well, I drilled my well is 60 ft deep and I can get 1000ltrs in 45 minutes if your water in only about 20ft deep you could drill a well every day

  19. Azula plan sounds solid, evaporation of water out of ponds, particularly shallow ponds prone to warmer temp through solar absorption might be a problem. Also what will shade it in big open area?

  20. Green plants have long been recognized as the cheapest and most abundant potential source of proteins because of their ability to synthesize amino acids from a wide range of virtually unlimited and readily available primary materials (Fasuyi & Aletor, 2005)

    Azolla is very rich in proteins, essential amino acids, vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B12, Beta Carotene), growth promoter intermediaries and minerals including calcium, phosphorous, potassium, ferrous, copper, magnesium. On a dry weight basis, Azolla has 25-35% protein content, 10-15% mineral content, and 7-10% comprising a combination of amino acids, bio-active substances and biopolymers (Kamalasanana et al., 2002). Azolla’s carbohydrate and oil content is very low.

    Azolla is also rich in iron (1000–8600 ppm dry weight), copper (3–210 ppm dry weight) manganese (120–2700 ppm dry weight), vitamin A (300–600 ppm dry weight.), vitamin A (300–600 ppm dry weigh), chlorophyll and carotenes. It contains 4.8–6.7% dry weight crude fat, with 6.1–7.7% and 12.8– 26.4% total fat for the polyunsaturated acids omega 3 and omega 6 (Paoletti et al., 1987).

    Azolla meal contains 25.78% crude protein, 15.71% crude fiber, 3.47% ether extract, 15.76% ash and 30.08% nitrogen free extract on the air-dry basis (Basak et al., 2002). In addition, aquatic plant species including Azolla do not to accumulate secondary plant compounds and therefore has a greater potential than tree leaves to source protein for monogastric animals.
    There you go and I’ll be back with Wolfia info

  21. This is going to be hard times for everyone and I can’t see an end to it.
    Good idea you have growing your own food in the UK probably they do in the US also the farmers grow some of there own food like Beet and grass they use as silage they feed the animals over the winter. We have only a few pigs now the mom and 4 of her piglet that are about 25kg now they are eating more than they are worth it’s near on impossible to sell them now so they will soon be going in the freezer. If you have the workers why not buy them a new shovel. Take care there always

  22. Exelent idea! Just a thought. Those floating plants that you dont like in the tilapia pond might be a great protector from the sun so that the azolla can grow underneath those plants. Best wishes. I watch every day since day one.

  23. Species of the genus Wolffia are traditionally used as human food in some of the Asian countries. Therefore, all 11 species of this genus, identified by molecular barcoding, were investigated for ingredients relevant to human nutrition. The total protein content varied between 20 and 30% of the freeze-dry weight, the starch content between 10 and 20%, the fat content between 1 and 5%, and the fiber content was ~25%. The essential amino acid content was higher or close to the requirements of preschool-aged children according to standards of the World Health Organization. The fat content was low, but the fraction of polyunsaturated fatty acids was above 60% of total fat and the content of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids was higher than that of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in most species. The content of macro- and microelements (minerals) not only depended on the cultivation conditions but also on the genetic background of the species. This holds true also for the content of tocopherols, several carotenoids and phytosterols in different species and even intraspecific, clonal differences were detected in Wolffia globosa and Wolffia arrhiza. Thus, the selection of suitable clones for further applications is important. Due to the very fast growth and the highest yield in most of the nutrients, Wolffia microscopica has a high potential for practical applications in human nutrition.
    And there you go

  24. For the intended practical application as human food, growth rates of the Wolffia plants as given in Table ​Table11 are important (see also Sree et al., 2015). As the yields of dry weight indicate, the differences were large and ranged from 5.4 g per g per week to almost 130 g per g per week. The high content of dietary fiber is beneficial in improving the Western diet by adding low-energy food components. Consequently, the plants with the highest growth rate have also the highest yield in protein, fat and starch (Supplementary Table S3). The dominating plant is W. microscopica 2005, as already shown in our previous publication (Appenroth et al., 2017). This species represents the fastest growing angiosperm of all (Sree et al., 2015; Sree et al., unpublished). There were also large differences in the yield between clones of the same species, i.e., W. arrhiza and W. globosa (Sree et al., 2015). In summary, our data show that it is worth to extend the investigations on Wolffia species including different clones to evaluate their potential for practical applications as human food.

  25. Wolfia and Azola grow well together with Wolfia providing carbs that Azola does not… they together would be excellent feed more complete in vitamin minerals protein carbohydrates and fats. Staged build out on the culture ponds for the Azola and grow as you go theory and please research Wolffia seriously as it is a more complete food source and quite a gift for the smallest flowering plant on earth. Jeff out and I like the plan chicken and pig feed for the price of water and fertilizer on unproductive acreage just gotta love that….

  26. I’m thinking that a lot of people are going to start killing off all there livestock soon , the longer this lock down lasts. No work , no money for feeds. When this all over I think they’re going to be a big demand for pigs in the future .

    1. Yes I also mentioned that to Brian he needs to hang in there as long as he can because I have seen similar things like this happened where there was no farm stock to be had to even restock to be able to continue!! U don’t want to butcher now jus continue as normal even if U have to let the pigs free range!! Fence a part of that rice field n feed n free rang them there God knows it wouldnt hurt that ground at all U also need to let them employees know they need to put their best foot forward at this time n work through this trouble say some prayers ask God to bless a new well ask God to bless a new row of corn ask God to bless the new Azolla!! These are very precarious times!!

  27. Brain, you got a company so go to wholesaler and buy a big amount cheap swimming pools. water in and cover them. Yes more money but much less work and employee cost. Or build from wood frame and put thik folie inside, like basin. trow all the pig manure on the rice field. and corn will grow.

  28. Might I suggest slaughtering a pig and pay employees salary with it…….they get food, you save money. Maybe not every week but once a month might be prudent.

  29. You would think if pig feed sales drop , prices of feed would drop. / Being able to produce pigfeed cheaply would be a real gamechanger for pig farms / if you were able to buy corn from a farmer the PSA says The average farmgate price of yellow corn grain was P12.13/kg in the 2nd week of march 2020

  30. Wow, a lot to take in.
    Thanks for explaining the utube, situation.
    Is understandable i suppose, due the current situation, so many people not working. Getting their usual salaries and spending money.
    Hopefully Mr Trump and other leaders around the world, cash stimulants, keeping their economies going. Works!
    As to the fields.
    Would suggest as others have , looking at Moringa( malungay) and bananas( possibly even papaya( in my experience, pigs love them and are pretty good in nutrients, banana leaves for example, can range from 10 to 19% protein, plus carbs and beneficial trace elements!
    Have seen recommended, to make liquid fertilizer, from both banana and papaya leaves!
    So they must contain so good stuff in them.
    As always Brian. Planning ahead, thanks for sharing your thoughts and taking us along for the ride.
    All the best from curfewed Pangasinan ( is 4.55am now, sitting out on our front terrace, been up 3 hours already!! 3 coffee s and ten cigarettes!! Lol)😁😀😂😀😁

    PS.
    Had a thought.. Tax Havens. Was astonished to see some estimates of $ 36 trillion, are stashed away in them.
    Think , many governments are going to rethink their tax laws!!

  31. Seems like so much work and expense when you could easily put in a Moringa Olifera/Malungaay intensive planting where you would have complete balanced nutrition from the dried leaves with only expense being cheap easy drying racks!!! Drought resistant super easy fast growing crop with complete nutrition for you and your pigs!!!

    1. Not enough land available to get the 2+ tons (dry weight) I need every month. And it’s not a complete feed. The main thing is the fat content is to low. But…stay tuned😉

    1. Grass is basically worthless as a feed. Ever notice how all the goats and cows here are stunted and skinny? Ever wonder why?

  32. Even here in northeast Alabama zone 7a with a 5 month growing season as an annual crop, I get immense quantities of leaves direct seeded as soon as danger of frost is past 1st of May using close spacing and severe pruning for short multi branched plants that average 4-6 feet by October frosts. Without the close spacing and severe pruning each 3-4 week harvest I get huge 12-15 foot trees and not near the weight in dried leaf powder but still without enough time for seed production, just unripe pods.

  33. you might need a laser level. I’d start sourcing you tarpaulins now given the difficulty you have had in the past acquiring items when you need them.

  34. I don’t understand why you think you will be able to plant corn for shade and feed now when it has never been successful in the past. You even said in the video that corn won’t grow successfully there. What are you going to do differently this time?

  35. Not a good idea. The pigs need a balanced diet, not just protein. Where are you going to get the ingredients from? There will be a demand for meat in due course. One months feed bill on an experiment not only on whether the product will grow, but also on whether the pigs will convert to the diet. Maybe slimming down the herd is the way to go, if you can’t sell then you will run out of housing?

  36. Brain, i have same plan, but for chicken feet, as of my little research yet, i’ve seen some people span some wire over the pounds, and put up coconut leaves, it let the sun in minimal as you wish, also seen is, plastic bottels put on a wire and span over pounds, it give shade aswell, there is much more info to find on youtube tough in tagalo, these are just a few i have seen and cheap to shade, your pound you have now i think it has to much shade from there the slow growing, hope this help you out in these hard times, keep up the good work, take care there.

  37. Here is a suggestion for you to float put a well in the middle of the field and split up the ponds to about 4 or so ponds with walk ways to harvest and manage if water becomes a problem

  38. Would it not be better in long run to invest in shade cloth rather than rely on cornstalks for partial shade, the stuff does not seem to grow quickly enough or high enough in that bad soil. Alternatively grow Moringa bushes instead for shade, that stuff will grow anywhere and also edible and permanent……no need to keep replanting. ” Brit Engineers ” drilling machine might not be a bad investment either…. then plenty of water available throughout summer. Extra money invested now over and above your basic plan would probably pay dividends at a later date.

  39. I mentioned it a couple vids but do like a 10by 12 or so. Course I said ducks an all the other stuff,I seen a vid on this right after you did the small one,but I’ll go with it.

  40. Wow I’ve been to the Philippines and have seen many fallow fields like yours and I just figured it wasn’t season for growing. I didn’t realize is may have been dead fields.

    1. Rains have been getting less and less reliable. Younger generations less likely to be interested in farming. Difficult to own more than 5 hectares by law. All adds up to fallow fields. The land here can be very productive still. But can’t force a crop (especially a non native) on the land if the conditions aren’t suitable for it.

  41. Brian I would do a 1 row test before U go all in once U master the 1 row of Azolla n corn then continues row after row!! I thought this might interest for U!!! AZOLLA!!!! The values below from Feedipedia are for fresh Azolla:

    Main analysisUnitAvgSDMinMaxNbDry matter% as fed6.71.35.18.78Crude protein% DM20.63.513.928.115Crude fibre% DM153.511.322.89NDF *% DM43.85.935.452.36ADF **% DM31.86.42438.95Lignin% DM11.41.79.313.55Ether extract% DM3.81.31.95.19Ash% DM15.93.59.821.612Starch (polarimetry)% DM4.12.75.52Gross energyMJ/kg DM17* MineralsUnitAvgSDMinMaxNbCalciumg/kg DM114.15.8178Phosphorusg/kg DM6.15.50.315.511Potassiumg/kg DM17.43.710.922.57Sodiumg/kg DM94.32.812.54Magnesiumg/kg DM50.83.96.15Manganesemg/kg DM76243820814295Zincmg/kg DM382811775Coppermg/kg DM16710285Ironmg/kg DM3900379471182005       Amino acidsUnitAvgSDMinMaxNbAlanine% protein6.415.37.43Arginine% protein5.90.75.16.63Aspartic acid% protein9.318.210.33Cystine% protein1.60.80.72.33Glutamic acid% protein12.6111.613.53Glycine% protein5.61.14.56.63Histidine% protein2.10.41.62.43Isoleucine% protein4.50.83.75.43Leucine% protein8.41.279.23Lysine% protein4.71.13.56.55Methionine% protein1.40.31.21.95Phenylalanine% protein5.40.25.25.63Proline% protein4.91.73.56.83Serine% protein4.50.93.95.63Threonine% protein4.70.745.33Tryptophan% protein1.8 1.522Tyrosine% protein3.60.53.24.13Valine% protein5.51.53.86.83       Ruminant nutritive valuesUnitAvgSDMinMaxNbOM digestibility, ruminants (gas production)%641ME ruminants (gas production)MJ/kg DM7.41       Pig nutritive valuesUnitAvgSDMinMaxNbEnergy digestibility, growing pig%63.41DE growing pigMJ/kg DM10.41

  42. Brian, quite a while back I had mentioned to you about a video I saw regarding making your own pig – and chicken – feed. I can’t say that I know much about raising farm animals, but this seems highly cost-effective and I think worth checking out. I’ll email you the links and you can take a look at it if you’d like. Wishing you the best always in all that you do.

  43. Just my opinion of course but too much emphasis on the one thing I think. You can revive the dead soil no problem but time is the enemy. Moringa has 26% crude protein as a stock feed but pigs cant handle more than 30% in their diet. It fixes nitrogen into the soil as well as other elements and you can chop and drop regularly to put more nutrients and organic matter into the soil. What about interplanting rows of Moringa to feed the pigs, revive the soil and nitrogen to the corn as well as shade the azolla and corn and Azolla for the pigs?

  44. The Azolla plan sounds pretty good. I’d suggest that you plant a perennial tree, like Leucania in the strips for shade and feed. There won’t be enough corn to make much supplement, it needs lots of fertilizer and it will only provide shade for a fairly short period of its life cycle. Leucania will provide year round shade, is a legume and tolerant of poor soils and can be cropped continuously.

  45. Rather than selling your coconut harvest for a pittance, you could keep them, have someone scoop the meat out of the shells, and then feed it to the pigs and chickens as an occasional supplement that is high in fat

  46. Instead of corn which we know won’t grow well there, why not moringa or ipil ipil? Moringa is something we can eat too. Ipil is nitrogen fixing so will add fertility to the system. Can grow pole beans on the moringa or ipil too.

    1. Moringa is pretty low carb for an animal feed and can’t be used for more than 30% of the feed and there will already be azolla for the protein, and it’s bitter.

    2. Ipil also is a source of firewood and long term some building materials. Would need to pollard it often to keep the shade down. Moringa gives perfect shade for azolla.

  47. Love your persistence and your new ideas, Brian. We don’t have the space to do the azola crop but it would be great to have some home grown feed to alleviate the feed cost. Every pig sale goes back into feed. Whew! Thanks for the info. Your vids are always helpful.

  48. You could be pasture raising the pigs too.  They can eat a lot of roots, etc. to supplement the feed you give.  Anyway at least they could breakup that field first before you put the azolla ponds in.

  49. Rainy season may help keep pens in water, adding azolla to cut some feed expense too. But better maybe to keep just the choice breeding pigs and cut lose rest for now? to concentrate on the fish pens, use azola for keeper pigs and chickens to help cut feed bills for now. Tight money means people will buy fish or chicken. Virus may be over in a few weeks, but people won’t have money for some time after.

  50. Being from a farming community and that maybe the best idea to come up with. Hope in the future the ground can replenish with resedo to be able to ground crops for the hogs. Add that to the feed you will be producing.

  51. I think growing some more azolla could be a good idea, but I am not convinced about the corn. For the azolla I think replacing 10% of the feed is efficient, trying to replace more you will need a lot of azolla to replace a little bit of feed. To grow enough corn to make it into a balanced diet for the pigs, most of that field will be corn and only a small surface for azolla. Also for shade you need a better solution than corn. When you harvest the corn all the shade will be gone again and the azolla will die. And you need the shade the most at the hottest time of the day, when the sun is straight above the azolla.

  52. Just my 2 cents, i think i would use Moringa for the shade. I think it would grow better than the corn an give better shade. Cut some limps put in some water to get started for planting for quicker growth to start. Plus you can have nice salad from them. Have a great day

  53. You may want to consider planting moringa instead. Moringa ( (Moringa oleifera) is MUCH more nutritious than azola, has proteins, carbs and much more, and will grow on less than desirable spoils. Also Moringa grows best in places with little water, but watered. you can harvest much more weight of moringa (Factually, the worlds most nutritious plant) by planting together tightly and harvesting/trimming when the plants are around 7 or 8 feet and cut down to 1 foot. All parts are edible and nutritious. Moringa has 49 necessary amino acids, vitamins, proteins and nutrients. The next nutritious plant has 28.

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