I met up with a reader this morning. We supposed to meet last week but I was busy and I postponed the appointment to this morning. As you all know I have not updated my blog for quite a while, sorry for that.
I wish I had more time. Most of the time when I come home it is already 10pm. I am too tired and exhausted. I always tell myself I would update my blog the next morning but the next morning there are always appointments farm visiting, meeting with readers, dispatching my goods to the courier company and so on.
That has yet to include visiting my own farm and over seeing my other businesses which I had involved prior to Swiftlet Farming.
Nevertheless I have always tried to keep my blog information and hope it could help those who seek knowledge in swiftlet farming.
What I encountered this morning thru my meeting with my reader is uncommon.
“4 nests in 2 years plus” Yes, Four nests only that is in a period of 2 years plus.
That is not all. In fact the farm is located in a good prime area.
I have visited numerous of failed farms to me this is very common. This is what the majority farms in Malaysia are facing.
How could it not be 80% failed? If one has no opportunity to visit failed farm it is very hard for him to imagine or to believe this figure. (80% failed)
But like what I had experienced travelling all over Malaysia from one end to another revamping farms you won’t believe what I saw and encountered.
I had always said “there will be no smoke if there is no fire”. In fact 4 nests showed lots of smoke already. It is only up to the owner whether to put off the fire or let it continue to burn.
In most cases the fire continues to burn till there is nothing left because the owner didn’t see or smell the smoke.
These badly designed and badly built farms are not done by amateurs. Some of them are done by those who are very well known in this Swiftlet farming industry. They are considered the heavy weight of consultants.
Their common mistakes are:
1) Wrong placement of entrance hole.
2) They do not believe in wall insulation
3) Poor design
4) Poor sound system
5) Wrong planking formation
6) Wrong plank ( promote mould & fungus)
7) Poor managing of Ventilation system
8) Do not believe in Aroma
9) Do not understand the light density in farm
The list can go on. If you see smoke in your farm it is about time you to do something. Waiting will make it worse.
You should set a target for your farm. If it doesn’t achieve what you have set then you should do something about it.
For me in a prime area a 1 year plus farm should have at least 40-80 nests. In a non prime Zone it should have 20-40 nests.
In an area that has not many Swiftlet farming activities but a potential area that has lots of green or area that swiftlets come to feed for a 1 year plus it should have 80 nests and above.
If your farms didn’t meet the above then you should consider to do something.
Good farming all!