"Hogging down" corn

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  1. HoosierDeb

    HoosierDeb Well-Known Member

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    I've read about people planting a stand of corn and then turning the pigs out in it a section at a time. The pigs get the corn and you don't have to pick and store it. Anyone know how much corn you would need to plant for a couple of spring-bought feeder pigs and at what stage of corn growth you could start letting them graze it?
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Two shoats woudn't need over 15 to 20 bushels of corn to be ready to butcher. If you fertilize the corn well, 1/5 of a acre should be enough. You can start them on it as soon as it dents but I wouldn't turn them in the field until after frost. They knock the stalks down and take a bite or two, then knock down another stalk. If it gets muddy, they can waste quite a bit by tromping it into the mud. With only two or three pigs, you could jerk the ears by hand and give them to the pigs daily. It will make the corn go farther, and saves fencing the corn patch.
     

  3. HoosierDeb

    HoosierDeb Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Uncle Will. That makes sense.
     
  4. uncle Will in In.

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    Deb, If your pigs are born in the spring, they will be pretty big before the corn is ready. If you could get some born in June or a little later, you could use your own corn to put most of the weight on them, and save on the feed bill. The old timers claimed it took 10 bushel of corn to fatten a hog. They also claimed there should be about 100 ears in a bushel. That should give you an idea about how much you need to plant. Not every stalk will have a nice ear.
     
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    A 50 lb feeder pig will reach market weight (220 -240 pounds) on 10 bushel of corn, 150 lb of protein supplement and a duration of 115 days
     
  6. HoosierDeb

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    Okay, I'm assuming that the 10 bushels of corn is shelled corn, not on the cob? Am I right here?
     
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    .Corn by it's self will only fatten a hog. It will not grow a hog in size like protein will. They need both.

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  8. uncle Will in In.

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    10 bushel of ear corn contains 10 bushel of shelled corn. Ear corn weighs 75 lb per bu until Dec 30th then legaly drops to 72 lb per bushel due to the drying of the cob. Dry shelled corn weighs 56 lb per bushel. Buyers take a moisture test and dock you for excess moisture.
    Hogs will eat the corn right off the cob. It helps to have a concrete feeding floor to keep it out of the mud if they are in a small area.