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.

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  1. Is it ok to raise a pig for slaughter if he hasn't been castrated? We got this pig off Craigslist. He is 8 months old and was raised as a pet. He weighs about 260 to 300 lbs and I have heard that un castrated hogs are no good for meat consumption. My husband disagrees. Can you help us out with this question?
    We also purchased a 6 month old female and are considering breeding the two of them before we slaughter the male. We have raised the same breed of pigs a few years ago but the male was castrated by our vet when he was 3-4 months old and the other was a female. The were from the same litter and the meat from them was delicious.
    Thanks for your time.
    Linda

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