Types of Pig Feeds and When to Feed Each

Pig Feeds

There are different types of pig feeds that exists in pig farming business and the appropriate time and the right age that each of them can be served to your pigs because the different stages of pigs have different required nutrient specification and therefore they should be fed on different feeds according to the nutrient requirement and the age of the pigs to be fed. Pig feeds accounts for about 60-70% of the cost of pig meat production. It is, therefore, important to get the formulations and rations right at…

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Pig Farming Step-by-Step Beginners Guide

Regarding pig farming, Pigs are omnivore’s animal, which means that they consume both plants and animals. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. In confinement pigs are fed mostly corn and soybean meal with a mixture of vitamins and minerals added to the diet. They are reared for meat and production of some snacks, the baby pigs are called piglets. Pig rearing is one of the lucrative businesses in agriculture under livestock husbandry because pigs give birth to piglet’s at large numbers.…

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How to Setup Your New Pig Farm- Beginners Guide

The Different Species of Pig

Here’s a comprehensive guide on How to Setup Your New Pig Farm as there are certain procedures or processes that must be followed when setting up a successful pig farm especially if you are about starting out for the first time as a beginner. 1) Securing a Good Location The first step in setting up a new pig farm is by securing a good location. When choosing a site for raising your pigs, it’s important to select a non-residential area due to the unpleasant odors involved in raising pigs so…

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The Different Species of Pig

The Different Species of Pig

Today we are going to discuss about the different species of pigs we have along with their unique features and characteristics. Below are the different species of pigs we have around the world as well as their different unique characteristics: 1) Yorkshire Pig They are characterized with the following: 1) They are white in color. 2) They have erect ears. 3) Their average litter size is 13 pigs per sow. 4) They have a slow growth rate. 2) Berkshire Pig They are characterized with the following: They are black and…

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Business Opportunities in Pig Farming Around the World

Business Opportunities in Pig Farming Around the World

Pig farming, is a branch of animal husbandry which is referred to as the process of breeding and raising domestic pigs for personal or commercial purposes. Pigs are largely originated from Africa and they belong to the genus “Sus” meanwhile the domestic pigs raised are descendants of their ancestors. It may surprise you to know that pork (pig meat) is the most widely consumed meat in the world, followed by poultry and beef. Surprised, right? The value of trade in pig products around the world runs into billions of dollars…

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Best Management Practices for Weaners (Young Pigs)

Introducing “Agric4Profit Pig Farm Set-Up"

The 3 weeks period immediately after weaning is very critical for the young pigs because a number of stresses may be encountered. After weaners have overcome the stress of weaning and are feeding properly, deworm them for the first time. Group the pigs according to age and size other than age alone. This provides an opportunity to record their feed consumption up to the time of selection at around 5 months and enhances the determination of feed efficiency. If you don’t group your pigs according to age and size, you…

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Best Management Practices for Mother Pig after Weaning (Dry Sow)

Best Management Practices for Mother Pig after Weaning (Dry Sow)

After weaning, sow has lost condition and has a negative energy balance. It should be fed on feed rich in energy and low in protein. This practice is known as flushing. High levels of sugar and starch cause the secretion of digestive fluids, enzymes and hormones such as insulin. An insulin peak stimulates the production of fertility hormones so the sow quickly gets on heat between 3- 14 days after weaning, releases large number of eggs thus large litter size.  I assume that you all know that nursing mothers don’t…

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Record Keeping in Commercial Pig Farming

Record Keeping in Commercial Pig Farming

The keeping of accurate records is absolutely essential for the success of any pig enterprise. The pig farm records must be simple, reliable and relevant to enable you evaluating the farm performance. Importance of Record Keeping It gives a clear picture of the type of operations, so that the exact degree of success can be measured. Act as aids to management and financial control. They are used to assess the strength and weakness of a farm and to plan for future activities. Records tell a pig producer what has been…

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Weaning and Advantages of Early Weaning in Pigs

This is the practice of separating the piglets from their mother. This activity usually exerts stress on the weaned pigs. Weaning is usually done 3- 6 weeks of age depending on the farmer’s level of management as well as his or her objectives. Other changes should be slowly affected at weaning. Don’t not abruptly change the ration but for a few days, continue feeding creep feed mixed with weaner ration and finally eliminate the creep feed completely at about two weeks after week weaning. Deworming should be done two weeks…

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Paternal and Maternal Pigs Breeds and Breeding

Paternal and Maternal Pigs Breeds and Breeding

The pig farmer, no matter how good, cannot do better than the pig’s genetic potential for production. Improvement in the productive parameters such as litter size, average weight gain, mothering ability and muscling ability can be achieved only through selection of pigs with superior genetic makeup as the parents for the next generation. Since the main objective of pig farming is production of meat, the pig farmers must learn to select those pigs that can be manipulated through breeding and management in order to tap their optimum potential for meat…

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