Pigs

Wintering Pigs on Pasture
October 19, 2020 · · Pigs

What could be more fun and exciting than seeing a group of pasture piglets running through the warm, green grass of summer? Not much in my opinion!

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Raising Spotted Pigs: Gloucestershire Old Spot
October 18, 2020 · · 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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How to Raise Hogs to be Happy and Naturally Healthy
October 13, 2020 · · 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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Cold Weather Tips for Raising Hogs for Meat
October 7, 2020 · · Pigs

Cold weather requires some planning for any homesteader raising hogs for meat. In the area of proper nutrition, thought and extra effort must be given to available supplies of fresh ice-free water at all times for all classes of hogs—the piglet, the weanling, growing/finishing, gestating and the lactating sow.

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6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
September 19, 2020 · · 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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Raising Piglets – Off to a Successful Start
September 19, 2020 · · 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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Sow Care During Farrowing and Lactation
September 16, 2020 · · Pigs

Sow care during gestation, farrowing and lactation is the key to healthier piglets. When piglets have a strong start in life they are more likely to thrive, develop quickly, and wean easily.

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What Can Pigs Eat Out of Your Garden?
September 6, 2020 · · 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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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
September 1, 2020 · · 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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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
August 21, 2020 · · 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
August 18, 2020 · · 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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How to Build A-Frame Pig Shelters
August 8, 2020 · · 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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Raising Pigs for Profit
August 5, 2020 · · 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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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
August 4, 2020 · · 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 Make a Pig Waterer from PVC Pipe
July 26, 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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