Weaners are pigs that were recently weaned from their sow. Feeders are pigs at any stage from weaning to slaughter. Larger producers who grow feeder pigs all year use hoophouse structures with lots of deep bedding, such as straw or poor hay. If pigs have outside pasture, they need enough room in their housing to lie down without being on top of each other. To load pigs into a truck for slaughter, place the truck in the pig’s pasture for a couple of days beforehand and feed them in the truck. Pigs can be fed grain, but options for supplementing or substituting different sources of nutrition are limited only by the grower’s resourcefulness. The amount of feed will depend on the desired production level and the age of the pigs. Young pigs with higher requirements and a smaller capacity need more concentrated feeds. Feeder pigs can be raised on just pasture and a good protein supplement milk, for example, although they take about seven or eight months to get a finished market weight of 225 pounds. Pigs need time to get used to a forage diet, since the variety of bacteria that digests forages must multiply in their gut. Pigs eat about 0.8 pounds of hay per day per 100 pounds of body weight during the winter. One key to growing pigs profitably is growing weaners as fast as possible. Restricting weaner feed or lowering its protein is a false economy; this class of pig must get the best feed to make best use of its natural FCE. Otherwise, you tend to spend the next months trying to play catch up, and the pigs never quite meet their potential. As intramuscular fat is associated with quality meat, I believe that meat from pigs tastes better when the animals are raised without using synthetic amino acids. If you do need to worm pigs, a good helping of fresh garlic and wormwood powder will do a lot.
Is a Pig Right for You?
You are thinking about getting a potbellied pig and want to know if you are doing the right thing. What are some of the pros and cons about having a pet pig? Potbellied pigs make good companions, but only for the right caregiver. While the daily cost of keeping a pig is relatively low, if a pig becomes ill, vet bills can be unmanageable for some people. While you can teach a pig to retrieve an object, a pig will only cooperate if amply rewarded with treats. Do your homework first and make sure a pet pig is really right for you and every member of your family. Ross Mill Farm or another potbellied pig sanctuary adoption program will help find the right pig for you, help you “Piggy proof” your home, and support you in caring for your pig. Feeding your pig a complete feed like Champion Premium Potbellied Pig Feed supplemented with low-calorie fresh produce greens will keep your pig fit and trim. Provide your pig with a plastic wading pool filled with water or even keep your pig indoors in air-conditioning on hot days. If you are getting a pig for a teenager, ask yourself if you are prepared to take care of the pig when your child gets busy with high school activities. Who will take care of the pig when your child leaves for college? We recommend against getting a pig for young children. If you teach your pig good habits from day one, your pig will not have “Accidents” in the house. The more you interact and work with your pig the more bonded you will be to each other and the happier your pig will be. We can help you find the right companion for your pig as well as help you introducing two pigs together. Once I’ve determined that a potbellied pig is right for me, how do I go about getting a pet pig? As long as you do not expect a pig to be anything other than a pig, a potbelly can be a marvelous lifetime.
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