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coneval
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what do you recommend feeding a baby pig?

I am 14, and thinking about raising pigs, and i was wondering what should they be fed? I have heared that you can fed them milk and haylage, will this work? Thanks for your time.

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Re: what do you recommend feeding a baby pig?

How old is the piglet mate?

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coneval
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Re: what do you recommend feeding a baby pig?

About 2 months.

 

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Re: what do you recommend feeding a baby pig?

Pigs are not ruminants, so a forage diet (haylage) is inappropriate. 

Commercially, pigs are generally raised on corn and soybean meal rations, formulated to the correct precentage of protein for different given states of growth.  (We ran as many as seven different ratiosn during the market pig's life cycle when we formulated our own rations.  In just eight weeksnow  on our nursery farm, pigs get four different rations, based upon their age and body weight.)  Corn/soybean meal(supplement) provides the basic amino acids necessary for the animal's body to synthesize the rest, to build muscle, which is the meat. 

Other combinations of grains and some forage crops, I think some would say things like turnips, can priovide dietary inputs.  Pigs have been fed on human food scraps, but there is some danger of introducing disease, and this may be prohibited in some places (in the US, for example, it is not usually allowed to feed pigs on garbarge transported from other places.) 

Pigs used to feed "off the mast," or foraging at will in woods and pastures, and in harvested fields, gleaning missed corn and other crops behind the pickers, as well fattening on dropped acorns and other tree nuts, wild roots, etc.. 

The diet you outlined is not one I'd recommend.  Depending upon the land you are going to raise pigs on and what is grown there, you need to do a lot more research on what you will need to provide them so that their nutritional needs are met. 

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Re: what do you recommend feeding a baby pig?

I expect Kay just overlooked the fact you need minerals and vitamins in the ration too. Missing the proper minerals will lead to problems as the pig grows and can not develop bones properly.

Cows milk may be OK for older pigs but will be quite expensive. Really young pigs need more than cows milk.

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Re: what do you recommend feeding a baby pig?

We did use certain different products to add a lot to the rations when we made our own feed.  That has been 16 years ago now, and I was not trying to give a complete answer, just give a startgin point for further research.

From teh sound of this original thread, it is sort of a tentative proposition.  For most newbies and very small operations, it is not really practical most times to have the equipment to make your own rations...most hobby farmers pay premium prices for complete rations. 

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Re: what do you recommend feeding a baby pig?

Crikey Kay - the bloke has got one pig.  What would it matter if he fed it cardboard? I now fully realise  how your depth of knowledge is boundless but do you really think that is going to happen?  Good luck.

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Well, gough, you are totally wrong, but...?

Here's the cut and paste of the kid's question...which indicates that he's interested in raising PIGS (plural), using a milk and haylage diet for them.

 

"I am 14, and thinking about raising pigs, and i was wondering what should they be fed? I have heared that you can fed them milk and haylage, will this work? Thanks for your time."

 

I felt that was improper and stated why.  I guess you COULD feed pigs cardboard, but it would hardly be humane.  Is that what you feed your herd? 

 

I tried to be helpful to a kid.  Forgive me for giving a **bleep**. 

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