Another pig feed question

gardengalrn(5KS)October 20, 2008

I was surprised to learn that all the local feed stores have feed for every critter known to mankind, farmlife and wildlife...but not pigs! We did find one place that carried "show feed," but I don't think it is a feasible option for longterm. One bag cost as much as one of the piglets! We did buy a couple bags to get the piglets started and mix it with milo. They seem happy and healthy and have visibly grown in just the week we've had them. The man we got them from feeds his pigs alfalfa bales. When DH inquired about this, a few people kinda laughed and said they had never heard of feeding pigs alfalfa bales. This guy's pigs looked big and healthy. He had 3 sows and LOTS of piglets so it didn't appear that the animals were stressed in any way. I've been giving fallen apples in moderation (in addition to their meals), which they don't seem too excited about. They really like that show feed, LOL. Any words of wisdom about what to feed these critters? These two bags are IT, not going to buy any more of that. Lori

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There are pig feeds for every stage of development. There even is one that you feed your sows before they are breed, it was referred to as 'flushing' the sow so she would release more eggs-if I remember right it had more corn than anything else in it.

There are many state websites that have many answers to your questions-the one that comes to mind that has pros giving answers is

If you get a formula your feed mill can mix batches as you need them. Most require a day or two to prepare it for you and may have a 500 pound minimum.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 5:55PM
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Many people here feed their pigs with discards from the Food Bank and from grocery stores and seem to have no problem. I guess supplementing with prepared feed would ensure that they got all the nutrients they need, but people here find pigs the most economical livestock by feeding the expired dairy products and produce.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 9:30PM
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Thanks for the suggestions and the website. We went and got 2 alfalfa bales and the pigs were not impressed. They still have a taste for that show feed, which they seem to adore. We're not going to give them the pellets in the morning and see what happens when they get hungry. Lori

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 11:27PM
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Alfalfa is fine hog feed but they could use some grain also, corn is the universal hog feed with some minerals added. If the animals are intended for the freezer just about any feed will sustain them. If intended for breeding then they will need a diet better suited to a use of conceiving, gestating and weaning litters. We have fed them entirely on gleanings from the farm and scrounged from differnt sources.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 1:52PM
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