Pigs provide the most widely consumed meat and present a nice business opportunity as long as you are committed.
Follow these techniques to keep your pigs happy on the farm
- Buy the Best 8-week-old Piglets
Buy piglets when the growing season has started. This way you can feed them with leftover crop pickings.
Piglets that stay with the sow long do not need starter feed and their immune system is stronger than those that don’t.
- Build a Strong Pen
Creativity is very important at this point in other to keep your pigs from escaping. Pigs are like mice, they seem to be able to chew through anything except steel.
- Use the right Feed
Pigs need feed and water so that they can grow efficiently but not every bag of pig feed is perfect for your swine.
Different life stages require different nutrients; the greatest bang for your buck would be to go to at least two diets: One for young pigs and lactating sows, and one for older pigs and gestating sows.
- Choose the best supplements
Nutritious supplements are key to overall health and building muscle bulk. Amino acid lysine is a perfect diet supplement; Farmers should carefully evaluate the diets to make sure they meet the amino acid requirements of the pig.
Lysine is an amino acid that needs to be supplemented first, because of its limiting tendency to the growth of pigs.
A little more studies on their nutrition can support a healthy and a happy pig farm.
- Don’t Overfeed Them
Giving pigs too much food will make them overweight and sick.
Take time to research on the breed of your pig and the correct amount of feed they are supposed to consume.
- Take Care of Their health
Although pigs do not get sick so easily, you still need to make sure that they are vaccinated and dewormed. Keep the phone number and address of your nearest livestock veterinarian just in case.
Animal well-being is assessed by how well they produce. Clean water, adequate, well-balanced diet and adequate ventilation are some basic husbandry skill that can make a happy home for your pigs.
- Record Keeping
Farmers must have a record-keeping system to establish a baseline for their production numbers, so they can track continuous improvement
- Study Their Behavior
Pigs need cooling in summer. Therefore, make a mud hole or set up a sprinkler to keep them cool.
Also, understanding a pig’s “point of balance” can give farmers and pig’s peace of mind. The point of balance is around the animal’s shoulder: If you touch the pig behind her shoulder, she will move forward, and if you touch her in front of her shoulder, she will back up.
These tools help to keep animals moving in the direction in which you want them to move.
Also, mechanisms like pig rings can help keep your livestock under control.
- Minimize stress on your livestock
Transportation can be stressful for animals and humans, but it is crucial to minimize that stress in order to maximize your pig farming profit, and everyone’s well-being.
Minimizing stress starts long before we move the animals. It’s important to walk through the pens and handle the pigs to get them used to positive human interaction.
- Go Organic
This is optional for good reason. Organic feeds are generally more expensive (sometimes twice the price) than their in-organic counterpart. As a result your pig and its meat will also cost more compared to others.