Pigs

How to Build A-Frame Pig Shelters
September 29, 2022 · · 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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African Swine Fever
September 12, 2022 · · Pigs

While ASF is not transmittable to humans, it spreads easily and rapidly among swine, and humans can transport the disease. Learn how to recognize African swine fever symptoms to protect your and your neighbors’ animals, and how to practice good biosecurity.

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Small Pig Breeds for Meat
September 1, 2022 · · Pigs

Smaller pig breeds have become more prevalent in recent years as more people see the benefit of raising their own pork.

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American Guinea Hogs
August 18, 2022 · · 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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What Can Pigs Eat Out of Your Garden?
June 15, 2022 · · Pigs

One common question I get is “What can pigs eat out of my garden?” The short answer to this question is pigs can eat pretty much anything, and a better question might be “What won’t they eat?”

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Buying a 4-H Pig – Making the Right Choice
June 14, 2022 · · Pigs

If only buying a 4-H pig breed was as easy as grabbing the first piglet you see and raising it to market weight! Wouldn’t that be hilarious and interesting?

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What Not to Feed Pigs

As important as it is to know what to feed pigs, it is just as important to know what not to feed pigs. Raising pigs on your farm or homestead is a rewarding experience.

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What Type of Pastured Pig Fencing is Best for You?
April 20, 2022 · · Pigs

You’ve done your research and found the perfect pasture pig for your farm. Knowing what pigs you want to raise is the first step. Now, let’s talk pastured pig fencing!

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Free-Ranging With Hardy Pig Breeds
March 23, 2022 · · Pigs

Free-ranging allows pigs to satisfy their curious natures and engage in fulfilling activities. They can improve land fertility and diversity, assist farmers in their work, and provide tasty and nutritious food.

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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder
March 10, 2022 · · 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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Pig Raising Basics: Bringing Home Your Feeder Pigs
February 28, 2022 · · Pigs

If you’re just starting out with feeder pigs, these pig-raising basics will help you on your new journey.

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Raising Piglets – Off to a Successful Start
February 25, 2022 · · Pigs

Your first time raising piglets is about to start. The sow you cared for is ready to farrow. When the sow begins to ready for farrowing pigs, she will stay more to herself.

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Raising Spotted Pigs: Gloucestershire Old Spot
February 20, 2022 · · Pigs

We love raising pigs for meat, so I was excited to try a new pig breed. One bite of that succulent pork roast, and I knew I was on to something.

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
January 24, 2022 · · 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, 2022 · · 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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