Raising pigs

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A lot of people raise pigs to slaughter for bacon and other assorted pork products. For those of you that have never done this there’s more to it than just throwing the animal in a pen and giving it your entire table scraps. You have to properly look after the creature if you want to have that animal to produce good high quality meat products to feed your loved ones.
First thing you need to be aware of is that pigs like a great deal of water. Water is crucial to pig health, and it needs to be clean, fresh, water. These creatures will wallow in the mud, but when it comes to the water they drink it has to be clean water if you want the creature to be healthy.
The floor of the pen the creature lives in needs to have good drainage. Without proper drainage the pen will hold water and the pig will get sick. These animals are very susceptible to pneumonia and moist living conditions can cause them to get sick.
If your animal starts to wheeze or cough you can visit the vet, or to the feed store and purchase a shot of penicillin that you may give them. You must remove any animal that’s sick and place it in a hospital pen until it’s well to guard the other animals.
When a pig gets constipated it’s a serious illness that requires them to find a veterinarian. A blockage in their intestines can and will lead to death in the animal. If you see that the creature is having bowel issues before it gets an actual blockage you can attempt to treat it with a castor oil mixture to loosen the stool. The animal shouldn’t be given a laxative or anything to encourage a bowel movement if you suspect that it has a complete blockage.
The feed that you give these animals needs to contain high amounts of protein. They manufacture a technical feed to give them when they’re young that helps them to start growing properly. This feed is slightly medicated and will supply them with all their nutritional needs. Once they have matured to a few months of age you want to change them to a maintenance feed so that they won’t become overly fat. Before you kill an animal to eat you should stop giving them feeds which contain any chemicals and feed them something like rice bran or straight corn for at least two weeks so the compounds will be out of the meat until you butcher the animal.

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