Pigs

6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
May 17, 2019 . · 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 …

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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
May 14, 2019 . · 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 …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
May 4, 2019 . · 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 …

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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
May 4, 2019 . · Pigs

The latest project here on our farm is raising pigs on pasture. In the last year and a half, seven litters of piglets have arrived, showed off how cute they …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
May 1, 2019 . · Pigs

Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few pigs intended for …

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The Big Adventures of Piggy Smalls

By Justin Thaxton, West Virginia People say pigs are smarter than dogs. I don’t know if dogs should be flattered  by the fact that their kind is the standard by which …

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KuneKune Pigs: A Hardy Homestead Breed
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Kathy Petersen – KuneKune pigs are making their way into small scale farming operations across the country. You may ask yourself what makes these pigs so special … the simple …

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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder
February 15, 2019 . · 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 …

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Sow Care During Farrowing and Lactation
February 15, 2019 . · 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 …

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The Best Barbecue Ribs: Secrets to Barbecue Joint-Quality Ribs
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

My first bite of spicy, saucy barbecue ribs in a local ribs restaurant put me on a quest to perfect this ultimate finger food. The best barbecue ribs have intense …

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Tools for a Successful Electric Pig Fence
February 15, 2019 . · 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. When …

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What Not to Feed Pigs
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

By Mel Dickinson – 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 …

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Feeding a Pig (For Market)
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

By Mel Dickinson – 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 …

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How to Make a Pig Waterer from PVC Pipe
February 15, 2019 . · 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 …

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
February 15, 2019 . · 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 …

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