Raising Pigs

Pigs, also called hogs or swine, are an important farm animal. They are raised around the world for their meat and ability to clean any waste by eating it. The name pig, hog, or swine most commonly refers to the domestic pig but technically encompasses several species, including the Wild Boar. There are around 2 billion on the planet. Pigs are omnivores, and despite their reputation, pigs are generally social and intelligent animals.

Raising pigs is a simple but time consuming process. They require ample food, a good pen, a proper trough, and constant care to make sure they do not get a disease. Moreover, Pigs harbor a range of parasites and diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Pigs are also known to host large concentrations of parasitic ascarid worms in their digestive tract. This makes it even more important to properly raise and slaughter a pig so that you reduce disease.

Keeping pigs requires that you constantly feed them, provide them with a nice pen area, watch over them, and keep them healthy. For the most part, you can leave pigs alone throughout much of the day. As social creatures, they will occupy their time by hanging out and playing with each other. However, you need to spend a lot of time feeding your pigs because they like to eat a lot and making sure they don't get sick. If they get sick and diseased, they will not be able to be slaughtered and you will lose your investment.

This website is designed to help people learn how to raise pigs by teaching them about proper pig care, how to feed your pig, how to build a pig pen, what diseases pigs might get, and how to slaughter a pig. Pigs are an easy animal to raise as they don't require a lot of direct care. But raising them is still a time consuming process.

Pig Pens

Setting up a pig pen is one of the most important aspects for raising pigs. A good pig pen is crucial to raising pigs and if you don't have a good pen, your pigs could hurt themselves or catch a disease. Here are some steps on how to create the perfect pen for your pigs so they live a happy and healthy life as well as being able to be feed and cared for easily:

Step 1
Pick a flat area to set up your pen. You will need a site that has good drainage since standing water and mud can attract insects that can bite the pig. Many pig pens are built with concrete slabs to make them easier to clean.

Step 2
Build a small house in your area to protect the pigs in case of bad weather. Pigs are very sensitive to changes in weather. Always have a place where your pigs can stay warm and dry.

Step 3
Build a fence that is at least 4 feet high. Pigs can jump high and run quickly if they are motivated enough. You don't want them escaping if they get startled or scared.

Step 4
Separate areas of the pen. Pigs are organized animals and keep separate areas for eating, sleeping, playing, and going to the toilet. Based on where they choose to do these things, organize where you put the shelter, food, and water.

Step 5
Put plenty of straw in the pen. Put extra in the area where the pigs sleep and relieve themselves. It helps capture the odor and waste from your pigs making the pen easier to clean. It also gives them a good and comfortable place to rest.

Don't forget to build your pig pen with sturdy materials. Pigs like to dig and run around. If your pen is not strong, the pigs will destroy it easily. If you follow these steps, you will be able to build a great pig pen for your pigs! Put the same effort into building a pig pen as you would do if you built your own house. All things need a good space to live in and pigs are no exception.

Feeding Pigs

Part of raising pigs the right way is to feed them properly. Pigs eat a lot and quickly. Pigs need a high energy diet that is low in fiber and contains some protein. They eat a lot of food though- the phrase hungry as a pig comes from the fact that a pig will eat just about anything. However, some foods are better than others and if you want to raise a fat and healthy pig, it will be important to give them the right balance of food.

Farm grains are the most common and best source of food to feed pigs. Corn is typically used to feed pigs because it is high in digestible carbohydrates, low in fiber, and tasty! However, corn needs to be supplemented with other vitamins in food in order to keep pigs healthy.

You need to include sources of protein and antibacterial compounds to their feed to slow the growth of harmful bacteria that occurs naturally. In small does, these compounds increase the growth rate of pigs and help lower feeding costs. If you use an antibacterial compound, you must pay attention to the withdrawal rate of the compound. This is the period of time that medicated feeds must be removed from a hog's diet before you can slaughter them.

Pigs weighing 40 to 125 pounds are referred to as growing pigs. From 125 pounds to market weight (about 230 pounds) pigs are called finishing pigs. As a pig grows, the total amount of dietary protein it needs each day also increases; pigs should be switched from the grower (nutrient dense/more protein) to the finisher (less dense) diet when they weigh about 125 pounds.

Pigs should be self-fed via a trough and this allows them to grow as quickly as possible. Pigs will continue to eat and eat until they are full and its important to let them eat as much as they want. Feeding them yourself might lead to undernourishment as you might think "ohh they have had enough." But they will know when that have had enough. Let your pigs self eat by creating a deep and big trough for them to eat from.

Water is the most important part of a pig's diet. One-half to two-thirds of a pig's body is water weight. Pigs must be given all the water they can drink. Water is as important to pigs as it is to people.

Using this information, you'll be able to feed your pigs the right food and create healthy pigs that will ensure they grow large and fat so when it comes time to slaughter them, their meat will be the best it could have been. Just a like a proper diet is important to plants and people, so it is important to pigs. Make sure to feed them the right food.