An experienced cattle breeder discovers what is more profitable: CATTLE BEEF or PIGS

Since ten years ago, the Pajković family from the Valjevo village of Kotešice have placed emphasis on fattening cattle, and at the same time they have been engaged in pig production. This year, they decided to raise piglet breeding to a higher level.

In addition to the existing facility for housing pigs, which they renovated, they built new, more modern ones. The capacity of these two facilities is up to 600 pieces of piglets which depends on their weight or 250 fatteners.

“We have decided to expand in pig production because it is faster turnover, the faster you get money, the shorter the period of fattening, which lasts three to four months, and as far as piglets are concerned, it is up to a month and a half “, says Mališa Pajković.

According to him in cattle this is not possible and so they decided to take this step.

There are 24 boxes for piglets in both facilities. An underground system for fertilization was made, new feeders and watering cans were installed. Piglets weighing 25 to 30 kilograms are sold, and those that are heavier are left for further fattening.

“On occasion we used incentives to buy feeders which is given by the city of Valjevo through the Public Company “Agrorazvoj – Valjevo Valley”, states Pajković.

As he says, they are satisfied with the cooperation with them because they received a refund very quickly after submitting the request for subsidies. The economic calculation regarding pig farming is performed on an annual basis. The price of pigs always varies. Now the fatteners are 170 to 180 dinars, the piglets are 250 to 270 dinars.

Experienced cattle breeder discovers what is more profitable: fattening cattle or piglets - © Dejan Davidović / Agromedia

“It is a great price, especially at this time of year, because they are most often fatteners from 130 to 140 dinars. There are probably no pigs on the market now, so the price is higher, “says Pajković.

There are over 90 fattening cattle weighing 250 and 450 kilograms in the facilities. In two shifts a year fatten 50 heads. Cattle are delivered to local butchers, sometimes he says there are buyers from Montenegro, but that depends on the price and demand. The fattened cattle are ready for sale at the beginning of January and the end of July.

Beef fattening is currently bad because the price has dropped drastically unlike last year, but we must not stop production no matter how bad the price is. We are continuing, so we will see how it will be in the coming years, and we hope that something will change, “says Pajković. According to him, last year purchase price from 2.40 to 2.50 euros was “inflated” and he thinks that was not the price for our market.

Experienced cattle breeder discovers what is more profitable: fattening cattle or piglets - © Dejan Davidović / Agromedia

“The real price of cattle is a maximum of 2.20 euros, which would be the best, but even with 2.10 to 2.15 euros, there can be earnings. However, when two euros are fattened in June, and the price of calves is 450-460 dinars, as is currently the case in that case, the producers can also fight. But while it is a kilo of live weight of calves 520 to 550 dinars, and the purchase price of cattle is two euros, then there is a very small difference in earnings “, our interlocutor points out.

Recently for animal feed they produce cereal concentrate themselves, who grow on their own farm, and only buy soybeans and sunflower meal. Pajkovići cultivate 40 acres of land of which part is leased. It occupies the largest areas corn which partly ends up in silage. In addition to corn, they also produce wheat and barley.

Dejan Davidovic, Journalist

More than a decade in this business. Author of numerous reports and informative articles in television shows, among which agriculture occupied a dominant place. I think that every food producer, even the smallest one, deserves to be talked about and written about.

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