Getting pig semen is not that easy and this week confirms my feelings that the market is ripe for us.
There are two mail order swine genetics suppliers in Luzon. Both cant ship because of delays with the holiday rush. They wont ship til Jan 9. Our pig 15 cycled yesterday. we would have to wait 6 weeks as her next cycle is still in the no ship zone. Thats about 3 sacks of feed with no output.
I contacted a guy I came across on Facebook that boasts pedigree pigs just up the road. I got hold of him. He charges P1200 ($27) for semen only, P2000 ($44) or "The biggest piglet" which sells for P2500 ($57) if his tech performs the AI.
He has 1 Landrace boar of good pedigree but it decided that it did not want to have a collection made yesterday morning. We were worried that we may miss the window which will start this morning. Fortunately we got the semen in time but such drama.
I stand that this is too much to pay and the local farmer cannot afford the service thus uses inferior boars (and still gets charges 1 piglet)
If we charged 500 ($11) for the semen and p800 ($1700) for the semen and a tech to service the sow, We could both make money and provide a valuable service.
After collection costs the semen would net $9. A boar can produce 20 doses a week Even if we sell 1/4th thats $200 per month on a feed cost of $20.
Six boars would be netting over $1000 per month with 25% productivity.