Tips to Remember If You Want to Produce Well-Rounded Pigs
Pig breeding basically
refers to the process of mating pigs for business. Pigs are one of
the most favorable farm animals to breed simply because they have a
short gestation period and they can produce large litters. What's
more, you can breed up to 50 females with just a few year-old boars,
so it is a very lucrative business as it doesn't take up so much
time and effort to breed.
If you're into the
pig breeding business and would like to get
started already, here are a few tips to breeding successfully and
producing well-rounded pigs:
o Pig breeding requires research and good analytical skills when
choosing boars and sows for breeding. Take some time to research on
where to look for good pigs to buy, who to go to, and the equipment
needed to facilitate good breeding. You may ask your favorite stores
and businesses for referrals when looking for pig breeders. They
will direct you to breeders who are known for their healthy and
admirable boars, sows, and who are known to produce impressive
litters all the time.
o In pig breeding, particularly when choosing sows, pick those that
are at least 10 months old. For boars, if you are just starting out
you can buy one or two that are at least 8 months old and raise them
well until they are able to breed a larger number of females. Boars
that are at least a year old can breed with about 30 to 50 females.
o To be able to breed healthy piglets, it is important that you
conduct physical check-ups with your sows not only to see if they
are ready to mate but also if they have any health problems or
diseases that could affect the litter. You will know if a sow is
ready to mate by the swelling of its vulva, which is the main
indicator of fertility. In pig breeding, the process can be done
immediately once fertility is detected, so if you have young sows
you can begin mating on the first day of fertility.
o Remember to always keep the pens or stalls clean and free from
worms or lice so that diseases won't spread from the pigs to the
litters. You should also treat the mothers for these parasites
before the litters are due to be born. You can clean the stalls
regularly with a mild cleanser and wash the pregnant pigs gently
once in a while before the piglets are born.