Pigs

Raising Pigs for Profit
July 25, 2021 · · Pigs

Finding the best return on your investment when raising pigs for profit is the ultimate goal. Piglets are cute and fun to watch, but they grow quickly and require a lot of grain to grow to market weight.

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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder
July 18, 2021 · · Pigs

In 2017, I raised two pigs as an experiment. I wanted to see how much work and cost goes into raising feeder pigs. The final cost of the pork was much lower then what the supermarket charges and the taste of the meat was superior.

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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
July 12, 2021 · · Pigs

Raising pigs for meat is a great step toward self-sustaining living, and there are several hog breeds that appear on guides to pig farming for beginners.

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
July 4, 2021 · · Pigs

While pigs are generally a hardy livestock to raise, you should be aware of certain pig diseases and how to proceed, should your pig become ill. Pigs raised with good hygiene, appropriate shelter and nutritious food will have few problems but can still become infected.

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How Smart are Pigs? Sharp Minds Need Stimulation
June 29, 2021 · · Pigs

Pig intelligence studies reveal how smart are pigs and how their perspective requires consideration when handling and housing them.

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Bedding Pigs on Pasture
June 28, 2021 · · Pigs

It’s that time of year again. The nights are longer, the days shorter, and the temperatures colder. With weather like this, it is time to talk about bedding for your pigs on pasture.

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Choosing a Butcher for Your Pasture Pigs
June 21, 2021 · · Pigs

Raising pigs on pasture not only means you have healthier pigs and have paid less to raise them, but also that you have better-quality pork. So, you’ve taken the extra steps to raise your pork differently, now what?

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How to Raise Hogs to be Happy and Naturally Healthy
June 14, 2021 · · Pigs

How to raise hogs in a comfortable and enjoyable environment that meets their physical and behavioral needs. Here are seven essentials for pig happiness that will enhance their health and production.

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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
May 31, 2021 · · Pigs

Just like any other type of livestock, pigs have three basic requirements: food, water, and shelter. Compared to other animals, housing for pigs can be fairly minimal as long as it protects them from wind, rain, and the elements.

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6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
May 17, 2021 · · Pigs

There are not a lot of must-have pig farming equipment items for homestead hog raising. Besides the infrastructure needed for almost any livestock, other tools are rarely used. Shelter, secure fencing, and a container to hold plenty of fresh water are the bare bones of hog raising.

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Weaning Pasture Piglets
May 10, 2021 · · Pigs

The time frame for weaning pasture piglets varies from breed to breed. Not all breeds of pasture pigs mature at the same rate.

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Tools for a Successful Electric Pig Fence
May 7, 2021 · · Pigs

The old adage goes: a fence should be horse high, hog tight, and bull strong. In a homesteading lifestyle where livestock is raised, quality fencing is of the utmost priority.

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How to Make a Pig Waterer from PVC Pipe
May 3, 2021 · · Pigs

Filling your freezer with homegrown pork is one of the most gratifying experiences when it comes to homesteading. The initial cost of equipment when getting into pig farming, however, can get expensive and may limit your ability to add them to your homestead.

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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
May 3, 2021 · · Pigs

Has the time come to add pig breeds to your list of homestead goals? With the proper homestead fencing and pig shelter, the quick grow out time for most pig breeds makes them an ideal protein to raise on a small farm. If you are ready to take on the project of raising pigs, learn which of the pig breeds is right for your family.

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How to Build A-Frame Pig Shelters
April 9, 2021 · · Pigs

We have found that our A-frame pig shelters are the best protection for our pigs when raising pigs on pasture. Whether farrowing outdoors or just providing shelter to your adult pigs, some of the important things to consider are shape, space, dryness, and function.

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