On sows, patience and profit PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 14:17

By DAVID M. SUYAO

AGUSAN DEL SUR — Ronaldo Cuanan, 36, used to work for the provincial government of Agusan del Sur until he stumbled into swine raising, as friends from the provincial agriculture’s office would often talk to him about how big a business venture it can be.

“I started the venture in 2006 with my meager savings. I bought two sows, and after a few months, asked my friends from PAO to artificially inseminate the sows,” Cuanan said. “Na-bored gyud ko ug pina-abot (I really felt bored while waiting) for 114 days feeding the sows.”

His patience paid off, as each sow bore ten piglets each. “Joy replaced my boredom,” he recalls.

After a month, Cuanan earned a gross income of P36,000 out of the 18 piglets. He said he was just happy to earn that much.

That’s when Cuanan decided to expand his business. Eager to learn more, he attended seminars and hog raisers’ conventions.

He even trained with the International Training Institute on pig husbandry specializing on artificial insemination course.

Cuanan’s industry caught the attention of the provincial government, which always showed willingness to help him in his new business. Under the provincial government’s swine upgrading program, then governor Maria Valentina Plaza gave him a high breed sow to add to his materials for production.

After two years in the swine business, Cuanan put up a semen laboratory to ensure that he has the best quality materials for insemination not only for his sows, but for other hog raisers in the community.

Word soon spread that Cuanan was using high breed and high quality semen for artificial insemination. Thus, many pig growers went to him and he was able to charge P250 per 100 ml. bottle of semen for artificial insemination.

Last year, Cuanan already had eight high breed and healthy sows and two boars in his piggery in San Jose, Prosperidad.

Each sow bears an average of 10 piglets twice a year giving him a gross sales of P360,000.

“Of course, swine project needs personal attention. That is why I resigned from my job at the provincial capitol to focus my attention to my pigs,” he said.

Cuanan plans to expand his laboratory project cum business, but he wants to maintain only ten sows and two boars so that “I can fully attend to the animals.”
Today, Ronaldo Cuanan has mastered the art of patience, and is happily cashing in on his sows and boars.

He hopes that someday, the project will evolve into a re-dispersal center of healthy piglets, so he can share more high breed materials with people who want to sow their luck in the business, so to speak. — PIA