Many people, instead of raising cattle, goats or sheep, are dedicated to raising pigs, the reason why raising pigs is as profitable as raising any other livestock. Pig farming is very profitable when done the right way, but at the same time it can be a disaster when done wrong.
Below are some guidelines on the proper living conditions necessary to raise healthy pigs. These guidelines can be followed even if you are a beginning rancher who has no experience in raising any type of livestock.
1. When you first start raising pigs, the first thing to prepare is the land and housing. The pig house can be designed with pig wire, fences, and hay to keep pigs warm when temperatures drop. And the house must also be well ventilated and kept clean. Believe it or not, but pigs are clean animals and they don’t like to defecate in their own pens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help them.
When designing your chicken coop, you can cut it into sections, with one section being a place where your cattle sleep, another section is where they will feed, and another section where they will relieve themselves.
2. The next thing to do is choose the right breed for your farm. There is a wide range of pig breeds to choose from, which can be found through pig farmers. Just be sure to deal with a reputable breeder. The type of race you choose will depend on the goal you want to achieve. The places to look for pig farmers are the yellow pages, farmers’ magazines, newspapers, and even at auctions. Or you can ask other farmers in your community who can recommend reputable breeders.
3. Fencing your pig pen is a good idea. This will help keep your pigs safe and ward off unwanted predators that can harm your pigs. This will also allow your pigs to roam the yard without getting lost. Every now and then, check your fence to see if your cattle haven’t made a few holes to get through.
4. You must make sure your pigs are well fed. An ideal eating routine is twice a day. In order for your pigs to produce good quality meat, a healthy diet is needed. Well balanced food is a must. You should also get a licensed vet to come check on your pigs to make sure everything is okay.