Picky Pigs?

by Carole
(Southern Tablelands, NSW)

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We bought in some weaner piglets to grow up for pork and curing, and their diet is based on a commercial pig feed with supplementation from my garden (greens, beets, pumpkins, apples etc). I'm disappointed that they aren't interested in my excess stored potatoes, either raw or cooked. Has anyone else had this problem or is it just me? Are my piggles too picky or is there something about potatotes that pigs just don't like?

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Sep 06, 2011
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Pig fencing?
by: Carole

Hi Meg; are you the Meg who writes for Oz Doc?

I'm really not raising pigs for profit (no reasonable options for slaughter that don't entail hours in a truck and a factory abbatoir horror story) and I have plenty of FREE apples, beets and pumpkins (and unfortunately potatoes).

The pigs are currently in an well fenced quarter acre (that they've trashed) but my concern about putting them into any of our larger pasture paddocks is the challenge of keeping them in. We're fenced for cattle and I haven't heard too many success stories locally with electric fencing.

[MEG: ELECTRIC FENCES WORK VERY WELL WITH PIGS FOR SOME FOLKS... ]

Sep 05, 2011
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How to Raise Pigs on Pasture
by: Meg

The most economical way to raise pigs for profit is by feeding them on pasture!

No expensive feed to buy. And the meat is better too. Plus pigs on range get lots of exercise and have few health issues compared with those that are confined.

There's a pretty comprehensive guide to raising pigs on pasture available here.

Aug 25, 2011
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Piggy dinner
by: Carole

Thanks Steve, that makes a lot of sense. I'll continue to feed beets, apples, pumpkins and brassicas (because they LOVE them and mine are reaching the end of their storage life) but give the spuds a miss.

Aug 24, 2011
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Feeding pigs
by: Steven French

Hi, feeding potatoes to pigs is often problematic. They don?t seem to like them a lot and feeding large quantities of potatoes to pregnant sows will cause around 50% of them to abort, although that is not applicable in your case. If you want your pigs to eat your garden scraps you will have to cut way back on the grain based mix that they are getting because they will like that the best. To force them to eat garden scraps they will need to be hungry. Of course they won?t grow as quickly if they are forced to eat more garden scraps but then it won?t cost you as much to feed them either. Potatoes are low protein feed and are high in water. 4.5 kg is equivalent to 1 kg of barley.

Cheers

Steven French

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