Pigs

Feeding a Pig (For Market)

The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown pork to fill your freezer.

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Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
February 25, 2021 · · Pigs

The Hampshire pig is recognized easily by the wide white belt that continues down the front legs on a black hog. The Hampshire pig is the fourth most recorded breed in registries, and a common hog found in many pig farm operations.

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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
February 22, 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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Raising Piglets: Ensuring Your Little Ones Are Born Safely
February 17, 2021 · · Pigs

Springtime! The time of rebirth, awakening, and babies! For those of us raising piglets, this is a time of little ones running through the fields and nursing in the sunshine.

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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
February 12, 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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American Guinea Hogs
February 8, 2021 · · Pigs

American Guinea hogs could be the best choice for homesteading families. The all-black, small-sized hog is a champion at foraging for food and requires little to no additional grain feeding.

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How to Raise Hogs to be Happy and Naturally Healthy
February 5, 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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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
February 2, 2021 · · Pigs

The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it’s on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy.

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
January 25, 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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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
January 18, 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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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder
January 15, 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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Poultry, Goat, Sheep, Swine, and Cow Gestation Calculator

Where can you find an all-in-one lambing calculator that also works to factor a pig’s gestation period and a cow’s pregnancy length? Here!

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How to Make a Pig Waterer from PVC Pipe
November 28, 2020 · · 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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Amazing Mangalitsa! Pigs for Sustainable Farming
November 15, 2020 · · Pigs

Mangalitsa pigs are hardy, disease resistant, and adaptable. They thrive in free-range systems, being excellent foragers and skillful mothers. They make the perfect workers on homesteads and sustainable farms.

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Tools for a Successful Electric Pig Fence
November 13, 2020 · · 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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