Proper pig nutrition is essential to ensure that your pigs remain healthy. Sick animals won’t be suitable for butchering, since the quality of their meat will be suspect. While you might think that you can create pig feed by slopping table scraps and vegetables that have remaining bad into a bucket, this would lead to unhealthy pigs that might not accomplish their full growth potential. So you ought 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 buy contains a great deal of corn (for energy) and is low in cellulose (fiber) while having the proper proportion of nutrients suitable for their level of development. You ought to 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 fruits and vegetables and different leftover food. But keep in mind that pigs should not eat meat, so you should also provide protein supplements with their feed.
There are three sorts of feed available that are given to pigs at a number of 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 around 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 not left out of the feed are removed at least 14 days before. Also, allow a changeover 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 sure that they have admission to clean and fresh drinking water that you ought to 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 sure 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.