Five Tips on
How to Pig Farm That Will Help You in Keeping Healthy and
If you have some room
in your backyard, you can consider
raising pigs to provide an
affordable meat supply for your family. The advantage of using pigs
you've raised yourself for food is that you are sure that the meat
is free from antibiotics and other chemicals that might damage your
family's health. Here are some of the basics of how to pig farm.
First, when you're starting to learn how to pig farm, you have to
know how to pick the right piglets. A healthy four- to eight-week
young pig should weigh around twenty to fifty pounds. Avoid getting
the runt of the litter even at a bargain price unless you want to
raise it as a pet since it will not grow into a good source of meat.
You will raise the pig for around five months, or until it weighs
some 200 to 220 pounds, which will give you an estimated 135 pounds
of meat products, such as ham, bacon and lard. If you let the pig
grow beyond this weight, it will no longer be economical since the
additional poundage will be mostly fat.
Proper housing is an important part of how to pig farm. Ideally, you
should keep the pig outside, in a fenced in area so they can get
plenty of exercise and their meat will mostly be lean. You should
also provide a three-sided shelter to protect the pigs from the hot
sun. Shade is very important for pigs since they do not sweat and
their skin burns easily. You might also consider digging a water
hole or a mud wallow so the pig can cool off, or spray them with
water from a hose daily.
The proper food for your pig is also an essential aspect of how to
pig farm. While you can
feed pigs with scraps and soiled produce
from your garden, this should not be their only food source. Ideally
you should supplement this with pig feed that has the vitamins and
nutrients they need to keep them healthy but which has no
antibiotics. If you want to fatten the pig quickly, you can also
give it a diet of grain supplemented with vitamin and mineral
One neglected aspect of
how to pig farm is the pigs' water supply.
They should have a lot of water in order to stay healthy, and this
should be refreshed on a daily basis.
Finally, make sure to keep your pigs free of disease. A wormer
should be given every month in pellet form which you can feed to
them because it is slightly sweetened. Also, have them vaccinated
for the most common swine diseases by your local veterinarian.