Raising piglets on your farm
We sell only pure Berkshire piglets for sale. We ask $250 at three weeks. You have to pay when you reserve. If you take 10 or more, the price is $220. We castrate but do not dock tails or teeth. Our genetiques are crazy.
Follow the schedule below to feed these piglets.
We mix our own feed. While it is not certified organic, it does not contain corn, animal remains, antibiotics or growth hormones. Since we added turmeric to the mix we haven't needed to use any chemical dewormers.
Your piglet should weigh approximately 17 lbs at six weeks of age.
Feeding your piglet
Feed your piglet ad lib if you have a feeder. Otherwise, you will waste less food if you follow table 1.
We import wheel feeders and waterers from Brower Equipment. They are not cheap but pay for themselves in no time if you have more than a couple of pigs.
|Age in weeks||Weight (lbs)||Average daily gain(lbs)||Average daily feed intake (lbs)|
|Total gain 238 lbs|
|Total feed 834 lbs|
Our feed contains 21% proteins until 40 lbs, 18% until 80 lbs and 16% after.
Even if your pigs are outside on pasture or in the forest, you can't really save on feed. Fresh water and shade are essential as pigs do not have sweat glands. Please do not raise your pigs in a mud lot but foresee some kind of rotation.
The perfect butchering weigh for your pig is 290 lbs. To know the weight of your pig, a measuring tape is all that is needed.
Weighing your piglet
1. Obtain a fabric measuring tape or a piece of string to use as a measure. If using string mark the dimensions on the string and then measure the dimensions using a steel tape measure.
2. Place the tape/string under the pig just behind the front legs and measure the circumference of the pigs girth in inches. This measurement is known as the Heart Girth (see graphic)
3. Then measure the Length of the pig along its back from the base of its ears to the base of its tail, again in inches. (see graphic)
4. To calculate the pigs weight, first square the Heart Girth to get the Girth Result.
5. Now Multiply the Girth Result by the Length and DIVIDE by 400.
6. You now have the weight of your pig in Pounds.
Porky Pig has a Heart Girth of 50 inches and a Length of 40 inches.
Squaring the Heart Girth (50 x 50) = 2500 = Girth Result
Multiply the Girth Result (2500) by the Length (40) and divide by 400 = 250 Pounds.
We can sell piglets all year. Boars and sows (empty or full) need to be reserved well in advance. Please foresee a warm place where the piglets are shielded from the weather and protect the health of your piglets with a place that does not turn into a mudyard - even in the spring.
For the spring sale, we recommend that you reserve in January or even earlier! We never have enough piglets!