In an effort to promote sustainable farming practices, Begawan has recently introduced the raising of poultry into its farming program. The addition of ducks, free-range kampung chickens, broiler chickens and laying hens is expected to bring a myriad of benefits, including increased crop yields, improved resource efficiency, and a diverse approach to sustainability.
The Role of Ducks in Sustainable Farming Practices
Begawan’s duck breeding program was established in response to customer feedback, citing the superior taste and ease of cooking of Peking ducks. The program began with the acquisition of 100 day-old ducklings, which were selected for their strong health and growth potential. Peking ducks are typically heavier than local ducks, with a weight range of 1.5 to 3 kilograms. Their meat has a juicy and thick texture, and they are known for their rapid growth rate.
Incorporating ducks into its farming program has provided a range of benefits for Begawan, including their contribution to natural pest control and soil fertility. Ducks are known for their ability to eat insects and small animals that can damage crops, making them an excellent addition to rice fields. Their manure is also a rich source of nutrients that can be used to fertilise soil, further promoting a sustainable farming practice.
Raising Free-Range Kampung Chickens for Meat Production
Begawan is dedicated to providing high-quality meat to its customers, and the free-range kampung chicken breeding program reflects this commitment. 100 day-old chicks were carefully selected based on their physical characteristics, such as weight and colour, as well as their overall health and vitality. These chickens can be consumed after a minimum of eight months.
Broiler Chickens as a Quick and Healthy Protein Source
In addition to free-range kampung chickens, Begawan has introduced broiler chickens into their farming program. These chickens are raised for their meat, with a growth period of four to six weeks, providing a quick and healthy protein source.
Egg Laying Hens
Begawan will also be able to offer fresh nutritious eggs. Specially selected laying hens will start producing eggs at 18-20 weeks of age, with a target productivity yield of 250-280 eggs per chicken per year within 1.5 to 2 years.
The Importance of Healthy Poultry in a Successful Farming Operation
Begawan places a strong emphasis on the health of its poultry, believing that healthy birds are the key to success. Careful selection of breeding stock and natural vaccination programs are just a couple of the measures taken to ensure the health of its poultry. This attention to detail is reflected in the high-quality meat and eggs to be produced by Begawan’s farming program.
Poultry’s Contribution to Natural Pest Control and Soil Fertility
Our poultry’s contribution to natural pest control and soil fertility is another important aspect of a sustainable farming practice. Chickens and ducks are known for their ability to eat insects and small animals that can damage crops, while their manure is a rich source of nutrients that can be used to fertilise soil. A natural ecosystem, free from synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, is essential to producing healthy and high-quality products.
A Harmonious and Sustainable Approach to Farming in Begawan
Incorporating poultry into its farming program has provided a range of benefits for Begawan, from increased crop yields to natural pest control and soil fertility. By prioritising the health of its birds and embracing sustainable farming practices, Begawan has created a harmonious and successful approach to agriculture. This alternative farming practice not only benefits the environment, but also promotes the health and well-being of the community. (Dhamar)