What is the best forage for pigs?

What is the best forage for pigs?

Most of the research on the use of forage in swine diets has been with alfalfa. It appears to be the most practical forage crop for the pig because it can be used for both pasture and silage. Because of their maturity, sows make the better use of alfalfa (and other forages) than do growing-finishing hogs.

What can I plant forage for pigs?

Alfalfa, ladino, sweet clover, red clover and lespedeza are legumes that may be used for swine pasture. Alfalfa and ladino are probably the best of the group and where possible should furnish the basis of any perennial forage mixture for swine.

Can pigs live on forage?

During this time, most pigs will readily graze. Although they can eat grass, most pigs can’t live on grass alone. Kunekune pigs are the only true grazing species, who can survive just by eating grass in the spring and summer, when it’s most rich.

What crops can pigs eat?

They need grain to supplement their grazing, but their diet can include grass, peas, turnips, acorns, berries, and legumes. In the wild, hogs will eat plants and animal proteins and overall will have a much more diverse diet.

How many pigs can you have per acre?

In “The Homestead Hog” it states that 25-35 pigs per acre is a good rule of thumb. I use the lower figure of 25 per acre just to be safe and give them a lot of room to root. This means that you can put 8-9 pigs on a ¼ acre. A single pig can be raised in a lot as small as 34′ x 34′.

What plants grow well for pigs?

Plant crops that pigs like to eat (turnips and clover are good choices). When crops are mature turn in hogs and let animals feed themselves….

  • radishes.
  • edible canna lily.
  • cow peas.
  • winter squashes.
  • pumpkins.
  • potatoes.
  • corn.

What do pigs forage for?

Ranging is important as it encourages the natural omnivorous instinct of pigs to forage for both plant and animal food sources. Forages can be based on lucerne silage or arable silage and peas and beans can be added to provide additional protein.

Is Whole corn good for pigs?

Most hogs are fed rations or diets containing ground fed the mixed ration. An alternative feeding method for these hogs would be to feed whole, shelled corn and a complete protein vitamin mineral supplement free choice.

What fruit and veg can pigs eat?

Dark leafy greens such as kale or spinach are very good for pigs….Other healthy vegetables you can feed are:

  • Yams.
  • Zucchini.
  • Pumpkin.
  • Carrot.
  • Cauliflower.
  • Radish.
  • Cucumber.
  • Celery.

What will pigs not eat?

What not to feed pigs from the garden are unripened tomatoes, raw potatoes, raw sweet potatoes, parsnips, celery, celery root, parsley, onions, avocados, and rhubarb. Pigs can eat almost everything else you plant though.

What kind of livestock is most profitable?

Beef cattle are generally the most profitable and easiest livestock to raise for profit. Beef cattle simply require good pasture, supplemental hay during the winter, fresh water, vaccinations and plenty of room to roam. You can buy calves from dairy farms inexpensively to start raising beef cattle.