Not only to the benefit of little piglets
The typical pig stench disappears, which is very favourable for the operators, the local residents and not least for the animals themselves and for the environment in general. The animals grow healthier and the owner will save lots of money in different
EM-experiences in Germany
Helmut Kokemoor runs a pig farm in Westphalia. He has modern stables and grows most of the food himself on his fields. The reason for applying EM was his growing dissatisfaction with the current production methods. He has also tried out homeopathy and other alternative means. However, major health problems kept coming back. The use of EM showed quick results:
Bokashi, with EM fermented organic material
Helmut also mixes his own feed with Bokashi (with EM fermented organic material). The animals eat this food very gladly. They take in more nutrients and their health condition improves. With all these benefits the pigs gain weight faster and the quality of the meat is better. The vet is a rare guest. More in-depth research into the influence of EM-feed was carried out in the Swiss agricultural college in Zollikofen. For a certain period of time both piglets and pigs were followed up. The following results were recorded:
Pig’s food 'made in Belgium'
Johan Lavens is a pig farmer and vegetable farmer. He has an enterprise with 300 sows and 65 acres of arable land. Within a radius of 5 km, there is an adequate supply of leave and vegetable remains, because it is not sellable, so that about 30% of the fodder comes from the short chain (instead of the far-away imported soya). Together with constructor Geert Vermeulen a system was devised to transfer these vegetable surpluses into useful high-quality fermented pig feed. Practically, it involves four operations: washing, milling, steaming, and fermenting with EM. That this is a savings is definite and Johan Lavens is excited about the other benefits: