Raising piglets on your farm
We sell high quality piglets in the spring. We have learnt a lot over the last couple of years, especially about genetics and we have been able to obtain really, really good stock. We no longer have Tamworth pigs. For the spring 2017
, we will only have Berkshire-Yorkshire piglets with excellent pedigree for sale. You have to reserve early because supply is limited. You have to pick up the piglets in the weekend of April 15th
. The piglets will be 6 weeks old. We might do another batch in May. The price is $160 and you have to pay when you reserve. If you take 10 or more, the price is $150. We castrate but do not dock tails or teeth.
We were expecting at least some black spots, but the piglets all came out as pink as their mothers, even though they have been inseminated with semen from an excellent Irish Berkshire boar!
These piglets can be fed ad lib until they reach a weight of 130 kg (104 kg carcass), or you can follow the schedule below. These mixed breed pigs benefit from hybrid vigor and grow much faster than the Tamworth and Tamworth mixes we sold before. Meat quality is also much better, with shorter fibres and lower acidity. We no longer feed corn: it makes the meat more flaccid.
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
We are often asked how to feed them. Here is our secret (table 1).
|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 18% proteins until 40 lbs, 16% until 80 lbs and 14% 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.
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!