The Right Pig Nutrition
Proper pig nutrition is necessary to ensure that your pigs remain healthy. Sick animals will not be suitable for butchering, since the caliber
of their meat will be suspect. While you could think that you are able to create pig feed by slopping table scraps and vegetables that have left
bad into a bucket, this would results in unhealthy pigs that may not achieve their full growth potential. So you need to put money into the right
commercial feed that has the proper mixture of nutrients.
To make sure optimum pig nutrition, ensure that the feed you purchase contains a lot of corn (for energy) and is low in cellulose (fiber) while
having the proper proportion of nutrients proper for their level of development. You should feed your pigs no more than 6 pounds of food a day;
otherwise they will become too fat. Of course, you can supplement this with over-ripe vegetables and fruit and other leftover food. But take into
account that pigs shouldn't eat meat, so you should also provide protein supplements with their feed.
There are three types of feed available that are given to pigs at various stages of development to ensure proper pig nutrition. Starter feeds are
given to weaning piglets weighing 10-20 kg until they reach a weight of 30 to 35 kg (when they are about three months old). Grower feed is given
to mature pigs to ensure they reach the proper weight of around 60 kg. Finisher feeds are then given to pigs to prepare them for market or
butchering; the feed is given until they reach a weight of 80 to 90 kg. When you are readying a pig for market, ensure that any antibiotics
included in the feed are taking away at least fortnight before. Also, allow a conversion period of one week when you're shifting from one sort of
feed to another in order not to upset the pigs' normal feeding behavior.
Providing heaps of water is in addition required for proper pig nutrition, since they need heaps of water to remain healthy. Make certain that
they have access to fresh and clean drinking water that you should change daily.
Finally, when a pig is lactating, ensure to feed them as much as possible to ensure full pig nutrition and prevent the sow from getting too
skinny, which would adversely impact the health of future liters. Make certain to feed her balanced lactation ration, given twice daily to get
them to eat large volumes. Also treat the sow with her favorite tidbits and sweets every once in some time.
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