Right now we are feeding out pigs 14% feed for pigs from the mill. They have a pasture, and gets scraps. I am wondering if any of you finish your pigs on a custom ration? What feed gives the best tasting pig?
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Post by Laura G in Idaho on Jul 17, 2007 13:55:09 GMT -5
My pig ration is a homemade one. When I bought the place, there was a granary full of whole barley. So, I soak the whole barley in water overnight and feed it to them. For a medium size pig (100-175 lbs) I measure about 2 #10 cans of dry whole barley and then soak it overnight. In the morning, I feed half of it, along with about 1 lb of cracked corn and whatever table scraps we have. I feed skim milk, whey, whatever is around to them as well. When I run out of barley, I don't know what I'll feed, but for now, it is working.
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Jul 20, 2007 19:19:52 GMT -5
I actually didn't feed whole barley - sorry about that. I'm posting too quickly these days and not clarifying well. I fed some whole barley - the pigs were on pasture and eating grass, sod etc plus barley and milk. What barley passed through them whole sprouted in the dirt and about 2 weeks later I'd move the pigs back onto that spot and they'd eat the barley grass. My pigs did not grow well at all on whole soaked barley. And when I did not have the milk, they were poor growers for sure - although to be completely honest the year I did it I had kind of runty pigs. This year I have no milk to feed to the pigs. They have gotten a very simple ration that has the right amount of lysine for their growth requirements. At 60-80lbs their feed mix has been 1.5lb fish meal 3lb pig mineral 60lb crushed wheat 30lb crushed field peas 5lb barley (simply because it is in the wheat at 5%) We have pigs around 200lbs at 6 months. DH thinks Wilma is closer to 220. The large pigs are eating 8lbs per pig per day when fed free choice (I weigh all my feed and put 200lbs in the feeder at a time, so know what they average per day) Our younger pigs had higher fish meal for lysine requirements and are 80-100lbs right now. THe younger pigs are eating 3lbs of this feed per pig per day. With all the pigs we are feeding 350lbs of feed per week. Laura, are you feeding 20lbs grain per pig per day? I am averaging 8lbs to our 200+ lbs and that is giving them free choice feed and them growing like crazy. But maybe it is because it is ground/cracked that they don't need 20lbs. Boy I would not like to be grinding 20lbs per pig - as it is it takes DH 2 hours to grind the feed for the pigs and the chickens 2x a week. It takes a long time to hand scoop 800lbs of feed! Heather
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