Farming Pigs -
Importance of Proper Food and Diet When Raising Pigs
The diet of your pig
is very important for when farming pigs. Although food scraps and
leftovers can be fed to your pigs, you should consider proper
nutrition for your pigs to ensure they grow up healthy. Pigs have
tremendous appetite and will eat anything edible you throw at them,
but it doesn't mean you should settle for that. Remember that
keeping pigs healthy is your top priority when
Groceries and specialty stores for farming pigs sell feeds made
specifically for pigs. It has all the vitamins and minerals they
need to be healthy. There are commercial pig feeds and supplements
that are made especially for piglet while some are best used for
adults. It can be purchased easily and is affordable but you can
also make a pig feed on your own, you just have to know what
vitamins and minerals are important to your pigs diet and where you
can get them.
o Water - Perhaps the most important thing in your pig's diet. Pigs
need plenty of water and can consume about 20% of their own body
weight. Since pigs don't have sweat glands like humans do, they need
plenty of water to regulate body heat. Water also helps in their
digestion and absorption of other nutrients.
o Carbohydrates - This is the fuel that provides energy for your
pigs. Grass and hay are a good source of carbohydrates for your
pigs. Sugars, such as lactose and fructose, are also necessary to
keep your pigs healthy. You can get them from oats, corn and other
o Lipids - Also known as fats. Lipids are more efficient in
providing energy than carbohydrates. Since it is a better energy
source, it can help reduce food consumption when farming pigs.
However, this doesn't mean you should stop feeding carbohydrates and
focus on an all-lipids diet. Feeding too much lipids to save money
on farming pigs is a bad idea because it can give your pigs diarrhea.
Sources of lipids are canola, corn oil and soybean oil.
o Protein - Protein is necessary for the health of your pig's blood
cells, muscles and tissues. When giving your pigs protein, you
should always consider quality over quantity when
farming pigs; it
is better to give your pigs few high quality proteins and many low
quality proteins. Soybean meal is a good protein source because it
has a high quality amino acid.
o Vitamin K - Is important for blood clotting and can be found in
o Vitamin A - Is necessary for good bone structure. It can be found
in grasses and legumes such as alfalfa.