Pig Farming At
Home - Familiarize Yourself First With 10 Basic Guides In Pig
If you would like to
enjoy pork without spending a lot of money, and maybe earn a few
bucks for yourself, too, consider
pig farming in your own backyard.
However, before venturing into that area, familiarize yourself first
with 10 basic guides in pig farming.
1. Ask your local agency if livestock is allowed in your area.
Inquire about required land area for pig farming and what the rules
for animal farming are. Finding out what your neighbors think of a
nearby pig farm will also eliminate future complaints.
2. Know what your market is. Your first priority should be your
family. When your farm grows, your neighbors might start asking you
to sell meat either at home or in the local market. It's important
to make inquiries if your neighbors prefer conventionally grown or
3. Build a pen and shelter for the pigs. The size of the pen and
shelter will vary according to the number of pigs you will purchase
and how many pigs are recommended within your land area. Build a
sturdy pen with hog-tight wire, rails, and posts. An electric fence
can be of help especially when letting pigs forage outside their
pen. Make sure the pen and shelter will protect the pigs in
different weathers conditions.
4. Purchase already weaned piglets that are six to eight weeks old.
Weaned piglets are easier to raise. Look for pink skin, smooth hair
and coat, and alertness in the pigs.
5. Feed the piglets with grain, vegetables, and supplements. Young
pigs need to consume more protein for faster growth. As the pig
grows, reduce the protein content in their diet. Premixed feeds are
available in the market and will have to be given in Starter, Grower
and Finisher feeds.
6. Provide ample water in the piglets' water trough. Make sure to
change the water often and that they always have clean and fresh
water within their reach.
7. Deworm the piglets at 30-days interval. Piglets are dewormed the
week after they are weaned. Ask the seller of the pigs when they are
weaned and last dewormed to get the ideal date for deworming. Do not
deworm a few days before sending the pigs to market because
medication residue might still be present in the meat.
8. Remove the manure in the pen everyday. Keeping the compost bin
dry will help to reduce odor especially in warm weather. Pig farming
is also ideal if you have a small farm because you can use the
manure as instant compost and fertilizer to your crop.
9. Do not overfeed your pigs. Overfeeding will increase the fat to
lean ratio and will hurt your budget. A market ready pig should be
200 to 250 pounds, excess weight is considered fat.
10. Take the pigs in a local processing plant to butcher. If you are
skilled or know someone who is, butcher the pigs at home. This will
eliminate the hassle of transportation especially if you do not have
a truck or a trailer.
Pig farming is easy once you know what you need and have to do. The
meat from a homegrown pig farm is safer and of course, cheaper, than
commercially sold meat products. There is pride when you know that
the meat you are eating comes from your hard work. Once your farm
grows, you can start selling the meat to your neighbors and the
local meat market. You do not only earn money, you also ensure the
safeness and health of your family with your homegrown pigs.