Raising Pigs for Meat – 5 Things To Consider If You Are Thinking of Rearing Pigs for Meat

Venturing into pig raising needs more deliberation than it usually sounds. Here is a list of things that you need to consider if you are thinking of raising pigs for meat.

1) Consult your local agency if it’s allowed to keep livestock in your location

Some counties require a specific land area before allowing residents to keep livestock in their location. This is to ensure that odor and noise will not pose as problems for the neighboring areas.

2) Decide how many are you going to raise

This will depend on your land area. The Housing Guidelines require 50 square feet for the housing area and 100 square feet if you wish to include an exercise yard. There is also a limit in the number of animals in an acre of land.

With that in mind, also consider the cost of raising pigs for meat. Two pigs will definitely cost you more money, more time, and a lot of effort than a single pig. More pigs will also produce more manure. Although pigs are inherently clean animals, dealing with too much manure can be quite consuming. If you are new to swine farming, it is recommended that you keep not more than two to ensure that your pigs get the nutrition and care that it deserves.

3) Build a sturdy and pig-tight pen

Build a sturdy pen for the pigs before you bring them home. Make sure that the pen will protect the pigs from different weather conditions. Also, keep in mind that the pigs will grow bigger in the following months so make the pen spacious enough for them to move around in the pen. The pen will house the pigs’ food and water troughs, toilet, shelter, and a little area where they can lay outside the shelter.

You can use posts, rails, and strong welded fence wires. Bury the fence six-inches deep to prevent the pigs from escaping. Pigs like to dig and will escape under the fence if its not well made. A movable electric fence system will keep the pen from being dirty and muddy, and the pigs can graze and wallow in the mud without getting out of your sight.

4) Feeding the pigs

Ensuring that the pigs are getting the right nutrients is essential if you are raising pigs for meat. The basic feed for pigs is grain, which comes in pellets or mash. Pellets are more ideal as these reduce production of waste. Organic pig farming is also an option but it may cost more. Getting feeds that are free from antibiotics, hormones, and animal products is as good as organic feeding.

Give your pigs enough food to eat. Never overfeed them. Keeping pigs above the required weight will not only make the pigs sickly and overweight, it will also cost you a lot more money.

Pigs need and love water. Always make sure that the pigs have access to clean and fresh water.

5) Slaughtering

Depending on what feeds you use, the pig is market ready within 4 months. The pig’s market weight is 200 to 250 pounds.

A slaughterhouse can butcher the pigs anytime. It will also be quicker and easier. If you decide to slaughter the pigs at home, do it during a cool weather because you need to hang the carcass for at least twenty-four hours to let the body heat dissipate.

Raising pigs for meat requires orderly and efficient work. Nevertheless, you will surely enjoy the experience plus the profit that you can make out of it. You are also assured of clean, unprocessed, and safe meat for your family.

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