hi guys so we've got 1 adult kunekune just done nursing, 5 3 month old piglets, and one 4 month old boar piglet. we got kunekunes cuz we love the idea of grassfed pork lol and of course we knew we'd have milk to give them. we haven't figured out how we're going to pasture them yet though so theyre just in a little yard connected to their pen( they really don't root its amazing) so we've been giving a regular hog feed as their main diet, in addition to veggies and milk and recently i've been soaking the clover hay that our cow leaves behind in milk so they'll eat it. they munch a little bit. anyway im almost positive im overfeeding the grain but they always seem so hungry! has anyone ever fed alternative diets to their pigs? i guess im just not sure how much feed i can replace with veggies/hay/milk. i did get a hog mineral for if im feeding mostly things other than grain which has all the minerals. i hear some people feed alfalfa pellets or cubes which sounds good i guess im not sure if thatd be more expensive than feeding just grain though. i am hoping i can get them to live mainly off of our cow's leavings from her nice clovery hay soaked in milk but i dont think they'll be too interested until i give them less grain. anyone have experience in no grain pigs?
Post by grammagrace on Oct 5, 2020 21:25:01 GMT -5
Our first two boys had very little feeds of the grain type. They had grass and hay plus a good amount of milk. They also food scraps of the plant kind. And extra garden products. The ones we have now get hay and grass some milk ab a bit of grain. We need to fence bigger pastures for them. I love that they don't root. Ive also been know to give them eggs. Broken into milk and no shells.i have also boiled eggs for them. I do not feed meat scraps. Good luck with your pigs.
Kunekunes do well with a minimal/no grain diet, but like all pigs they need some form of animal protein (or enough lysine from properly processed soy). Milk, eggs, and insects/grubs all count as animal protein. But you can't raise them in confinement (no pasture to root for bugs) without a decent share of animal protein. I would keep them on the pig pellets until you can get them out on pasture, or make sure you feed decent amounts of milk and/or eggs.
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How much is an adequate amount of animal protein (milk?)
Are you talking about Kunekunes or commercial breeds? Their dietary needs vary quite a bit - not really comparable. There are loads of resources online for feeding pigs with protein % breakdowns by age group. A gallon of milk has about 5 ounces of protein. Too many other factors to consider... Age/stage, breed, confinement/free-range, other components of diet, weather, grass quality, etc.
oooh i would love to know how much precisely protein kunes need! then ill know if i need to give them more grain in addition to their milk and veg. i also bought some hog mineral to supplement with. now that we're not giving the skimmed milk to the broilers they're getting a lot more and sure are happy! still feeding lots of grain but we'll get pasture figured out next spring!! they really really don't root. we have an electric fence around their actual pen that we keep them in at night, and despite them being in there every day its not rooted up at all. amazing piggies.
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