The Piggery One of the main features of our animal husbandry training programme is the area of pig rearing. St. John Bosco first began with the two pigs in 1980. Needless to say, 2 pigs soon turned into 22 pigs and 222 pigs and is now over 500 pigs.
The dream of building a new pig facility was a long time in the making but like any dream that is pursued, it finally became a reality in 2002. The guidance, support, patience and assistance of Mr. Carl Albers in those initial difficult years was invaluable and we would certainly not be where we are today without his help. Our first building for breeding, farrowing and the hot nursery was built after careful research and planning with Mr. Ed Werling and our friends from upper Ohio and the building expertise of friend and contractor Mr. Danny Chung (RIP).
This first building for gestation, farrowing and hot nursery pigs was completed in 2004 with a grant from the Sisters of Mercy, North Carolina Foundation. We affectionately call it the North Carolina Piggery! Again, many trained professional men in the fields of equipment installation, electrical, building and concrete etc. volunteered many weeks to seeing the completion of this dream. The boys in this trade learn all they need to know to be experienced farm hands when they graduate. Boys who are homeless are good candidates for this trade since these job positions always come with room and board.
St. John Bosco is also able to sell much needed, excellent quality, replacement stock to local farmers.Without the high quality of the pork produced under the leadership of Mr. Sydney Brown, neither the butcher shop nor our catering department would be able to provide the high quality of meat that has earned us our reputation for excellence.An added bonus to the new pig facility was the addition of a large* In order to be more environmentally friendly, we have biogas digester to utilize the manure from the pigs This methane gas is then used in the school kitchen hot nursery for young pigs as well as the brooding area for our day old baby chicks. This digester not only saves us money in the short term but also keeps the property free of flies that frequently accompanies large areas of livestock farming. Grant money to built the digester came from the Scientific Research Council in Jamaica and U.S. AID.
St. John Bosco has had a long history of chicken rearing. We started with laying hens in 1978 and eventually turned all the houses into broiler chickens due to the shortage of meat in the country at that time. In 2006, we received a serious injection of funding from an organization called FINTRAC in the U.S. who received their funding from USAID to help with rural development after Hurricane Ivan in 2005. This funding built and equipped a 6,000 bird coop complete with automatic feeding and watering. These 6,000 chickens plus the 3,000 we have in two other buildings bring our total poultry production to 9,000.