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What do you feed pigs?
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Kathy in KY    Posted 10-11-2002 at 21:57:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am mostly a lurker here; I do get alot of great information-Thanks.
My question is what do you feed your pigs? I've been raising pigs for at least 15 yrs but always used Purina Hog Chow mixed with cracked corn plus any vegetable & fruit surplus I have. I'm looking for a ration that isn't processed and possibly just made up of grains & pig vitamins/minerals. I'm getting some young pigs and would like to find something that might be just as good but hopefully cheaper. The pigs will have access to pasture.
Thank You

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-12-2002 at 18:19:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You say you have pasture, Kathy but I get the feeling you don't grow any grain. Like Ron said he gets the mill to grind his own grain. We used to feed ours ground oats/barley mixed grain and we sold cream so they got the left over milk on it instead of water, used pig starter for the young ones too. That pig Ger is talking about is another story though, Pizza, rice, roast beef, chicken, turkey and vegetables, NO hamburg though, made her sick, too greasey.
Later Bob

Kathy in KY    Posted 10-12-2002 at 22:24:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You're right, I have 40 ac but only 5 acres of fenced pasture including a 1 acre pond so actually only 4 in pasture. Our land here in Ky is mostly steep hills and hollows so there's not any area for grain production, heck even the pasture is hilly but not too bad. It's so hilly on the majority of land,that we can't even use a bushhog for weed control.
Prices I've found are: Purina non-med hog chow concentrate is 8.50/50#, Cracked corn is 8.50/100# and 48% soymeal is 13.50, still checking for things like barley,oats,brewers grains,etc.
I really am good at raising pigs-never had any health problems or deaths and I enjoy the work but I'm trying to come up with a good formula/ration that would make it cost efficient.
Here's a formula that I found in an old book,please tell me if this sounds like a good mix for pigs and should the grains be ground or just cracked/rolled.
3 parts corn
3 parts oats
1 part soy or cottonseed meal
Young pigs up to 6 mo add 1 more part soymeal to increase protein to 16%
Make it moist for for young pigs-milk is preferable. Add pig vitamins to the diet either in water or feed.
Thanks, Kathy

Steve    Posted 08-09-2005 at 15:15:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just acquired two pigs in the 90# range and have them penned in a brushy portion of the property. I plan on feeding them grapes that have had the juice squeezed from them. I had heard of a hog farm that used to finish off pigs with this. My question is, do I NEED to feed them grain, and or protien such as soy or cotton meal. I have no milk. If i do need to supplement their feed, what is an appropriate amount per day per pig, as of today they are getting table scraps and the forage in their pen

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-13-2002 at 08:56:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Trade the bushhog in on some sheep Kathy, they are great for weed control too. No weed seeds that they eat will grow either, they love the hills too, if a lamb sees something high it has to climb up on top of it. That mix for feed sounds good to me, better than we fed. We mixed the oats and barley and sowed them together, used that grain and got it ground into chop, not rolled. We went through Kentuckey last Aug. even in the hilly land, things where growing very well. Do you have any neighbours that could sell you mixed grain that you could get ground into chop at the mill?
Later Bob

Kathy in KY    Posted 10-13-2002 at 10:57:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bob, I've thought about sheep and will probably try them next spring/summer. We've had Jacobs sheep for wool production when we lived in WI but I haven't found too many down here. I guess I need to check out some sheep websites for producers. Will 'hair' sheep do as good of a job at weed control as the wooled breeds? As I get older wrestling with a large sheep at shearing time doesn't hold the same appeal that it did years ago. LOL!!
We do have Amish nearby who grow grain, I already trade my poultry for things like apples since my trees aren't bearing yet. I will contact them about grain. Otherwise, most of the land is either in woods, enough grain production for the farmers own animals or tobacco. The area I'm in is pretty remote and not well suited for much besides cattle grazing and hay production. I may try putting an ad in the 'free trader' for grains since it doesn't cost me to place an ad-you never know there may be someone nearby that I don't know about.
I'm in southern KY about 20 miles from the TN border. A lot of woods & water. :) Tonight we are expected to get a killing frost-yesterday was 85 and tomorrows high is 54. You've got to love KY weather.
Thanks for the tips, I'll let you know what I find out.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-13-2002 at 11:22:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That sounds familliar Kathy, we went across 90 from 75 to 65, stopped to visit people there, good land in the level spots, their crops where good. I think all sheep would be as good at weed control.
Later Bob

Kathy in Ky    Posted 10-14-2002 at 14:45:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You were passing through my area!! I live about 4 miles south of 90 about 50 miles east of the I 65 cut off. A little town called Summer Shade with a population 256. It truly is a small world.

ger / ask bob    Posted 10-12-2002 at 10:31:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
it would seem from bob,s stand point( an i have seen pictures of his pet to prove it ) anything an everything the pig wants lol, later ger

Ron/PA    Posted 10-12-2002 at 04:29:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thats the beauty of feeding out pigs. You can feed then almost anything. I use a hog mash from the local feed mill. Way cheaper than purina, and he will grind my own corn for it.
After that the menu is wide open the local produce store saves me alot of damage, and my brother works for a commercial bakery so they get a ration of that. Then the leftovers from the house, and garden.
Hogs are resistant to mycotoxins, so a small amount of mold on some produce will not be a problem, although I still try to stay away from as much as I can. But they are not near as touchy as poultry.


Donna from Missouri    Posted 10-12-2002 at 01:34:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I fed my pigs almost anything! I used to milk cows, and always had surplus milk. We'd buy wheat "shorts" or "middlings" and mix it with either skim or whole milk for the hogs. Talk about something they would die for, they loved that stuff. Always made sure they had corn and some protein too, though, especially the last month or so. I was told the fat wouldn't be of good quality if we gave them the shorts-and-milk slop only. I don't know how true this was. What I liked about keeping pigs or chickens was that no leftovers went completely to waste because they would take care of any surplus food.

Ludwig    Posted 10-12-2002 at 06:46:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ohhh, that milk fed pork. I'm drooling just thinking about it.
A friend of mine was in 4H for years and he could get goat's milk for free to feed his hogs. That meat was just as milky white as you could want and tasted SO GOOD!
Once in a great while you'll get meat that good at the store but then its very expensive...

Burrhead    Posted 10-12-2002 at 13:02:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah and the milk pork aint near as tough either.

You can sure tell the difference when ye sugar cure a country ham if it was a milk-shorts fed hog.

judy    Posted 06-18-2004 at 17:54:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
is it okay to feed pigs meat..

Jennifer    Posted 06-28-2004 at 12:53:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Judy, I'm wondering the same thing about meat. I know that they should not be fed pork products, but does that rule out the leftover beef roast? I had heard once that pigs were omnivorous... Any help here would be great, we are getting our first 2 piglets this week.


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