first year pig farmer have a few ?'s

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by jackie c, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. jackie c

    jackie c Well-Known Member

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    This is my first year raising pigs and I have a few ?'s. I bought 6 little porkers at the beginning of May. So far so good. I got a deal buying some cracked corn at our locall co-op because it had gotten wet. There is a little mold in some bags but it doesn't seem to hurt the pigs. I also feed them grass and garden surplus.Should I feed them anything else? My next ? is that I am roasting a pig next weekend and am wondering if since I raise my pigs on dirt (mucky red clay actually) should I clean him up before slaughter or after?
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Your feed ration is low on protien, but if the corn is cheap enough they will get big, just not as soon. A little soybean meal with a little salt and mineral would improve their diet. Killing a dirty pig is quite common, but it would be more pleasant to work with a clean pig while butchering him. Let your best judgement prevail with the pig wash.
     

  3. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Well-Known Member

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    clean a live pig? good luck. I'd just have a high pressure nozzle on the hose and hose him down after he's bled. I also recommend killing him this weekend and keeping him in a fridge for a week to age the meat, else he might be tough