Small in Size, Big in Profit
Learn how one man turned his way around from smalltime backyard businessman to Central Luzon’s main man in quail egg trading.
For the past decade, the quail industry in the Philippine has become more than just a backyard business because of its economical production cost and easy-to-learn raising techniques. Global standards of the proper management of these birds are exercised both in Europe and Asia, where quails mostly thrive-giving Filipinos the freehand to adapt new methods and techniques imported from European and American countryside.
While the French and Italians take delight on serving quail meat on their dining tables, Asians variedly sell fresh, packed, shelled, canned or boxed quail eggs-considerably a scrumptious entrée and a well-known ingredient for masterpiece like cakes, mayonnaise, breads, leche flan and other pastries. Nowadays, we enjoy it through what we call kwek-kwek.
Though not as massively money-spinning like other major poultry industries, it can be a sound source of income, too. Manny Castillo of MS Castillo Trading is an active testament of its prosperity.
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Lessons from a Thai Layer Farm
By Ronald G. Mangubat
In Changmai, Thailand, success in the layer business is anchored on being part of an empowered cooperative.
Our recent visit to a layer farm in Changmai, Thailand only confirmed what we heard that in this country, farmers are disciplined, business minded and organized. They also get more support from the government and from their fellow farmers as well.
One sweltering morning, we (a group of agrijournalist from Asia, UK and Australia) visited a layer farm in Changmai owned by K. Supatra Lounnetngern, a former professor in an agricultural college. Together with his whole family, the former academician abandoned the world of textbooks and decided to practice what he has been teaching for years. With his family’s support, Lounnetngern focused all his energies on the layer business. With a 4-6 million baht investment loaned from a bank, the new entrepreneur, through the help of agricultural consultants, built a closed-system type of layer farm, complete with huge ventilation machines and other modern poultry paraphernalia that would be conducive for the birds to lay their eggs on time.
Having had several cases of bird flu in the past, the Thais are very strict when it comes to poultry house sanitation. The day we visited the farm, we were required to wear sanitizes overalls, boots, masks, gloves, etc. before we were allowed to enter the layer house. They laid down their rules clearly: no talking, no pictures-just five minutes of observation. The birds should not be disturbed because the moment they get stressed, they might not lay eggs.
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