Feeder Pigs

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Natually Raised Farm Products - Rockwood, Tennessee

Feeder Pig Sales

Reservations Required!

The demand for quality feeder pigs is high and since we have had an increasinlgy hard time finding good quality piglets ourselves for each growing season, we decided to breed our own sows. We will have feeder pigs for sale December 15th 2022. These piglets will be presale only, which will require an advance deposit. Our next litter will be July 15th 2022, followed by every December and July.

Pigs are one of the most fun animals we raise. Yeah, we raise them as food, but they have a fun and healthy life right up to slaughter day. We play with them and ensure they have high quality food and clean water constantly.

What is required to raise pigs?

Once you receive your 8-week old feeder pigs, it only takes 5 months more and they are ready for slaughter. Raising pigs for high quality meat is realtively easy if you adhere to a simple set of rules. These results can be repeated time after time with exacting precision. If you buy your piglets from us, I will also sell you a feeder and other supplies you may need.

  • An outside area of not less than 500 square feet per pig you will raise. This equates to an area roughly 22 feet by 22 feet per pig. This area must be fenced with field fencing with the smaller squares down. This field fence should be fenced again inside about 4 to 6 inches, and 6 inches above the ground with an electric wire.
  • A shelter must be provided that has at least 3 sides, and a dimension of about 6 feet by 10 feet. A shelter this size is adequate for between 1 and 6 pigs. Inside this shelter could be placed a single round bale of hay and possibly their feeder. I put a 900 pound round bale of hay in the shelter which lasts the pigs for the entire 5 month duration.
  • A clean and continuous water supply must be provided which can be a pressure nipple or mini pond area that receives a clean supply of water at least periodically on most days.
  • An automatic feeder for dry hog meal of some kind. I have made gravity bins like this many times, and I place my gravity bin inside of the same covered trailer which I will use to haul the pigs to the slaughter house on that day. The reason for this is that I never have to fight to get the pigs into a trailer on that day because they are already in there everyday eating off and on all day anyway. All I have to do is slide the door shut.
    • An automatic feeder should have feeding slots 6 inches wide by 10 inches long and 4 inches deep. I use a commercial feeder now, but in the past I have made many of these feeder using plywood. My current feeder holds 500 pounds of feed, and I feed once weekly. If I was to build one from wood, I would make sure that it held at least 300 pounds. In any case, you should ensure that there is adequate feed available in the volume of 7 to 10 pounds per day per pig at a minimum.
    • Pigs need 5 gallons of water per day per pig. This needs to be clean fresh water. If it isn't good enough for you, then it isn't good enough for your animals either.

If feeder pigs have a continuous supply of quality feed and water, which they should, they will grow one pound of pork for every three pounds of feed they consume. Of course this depends on the quality of the feed and the feeder that is used, as well as the quality of water that the pigs have available. The feeder, if constructed yourself, should have dividers of a dimension of 6 inches width and 10 inches front to back, with a depth of 4 inches.

When you purchase your piglets, they will average 40 pounds each, but will range from 30-50 pounds. There are several factors that determine this weight. Sex matters with regard to pig weight as males tend to grow a little faster than females. Also, there is always a runt or two in pig litters. We recommend that you raise your pigs for 5 months. Considering that the pigs are 7 weeks old when you pick them up, this makes them just under 7 months old at slaughter time if you raise them for 5 months as we suggest. At 5 months, if you had a runt, it will weigh about 200-225 pounds. If you had females, they will weigh 225-275 pounds at 5 months, and if they were males of average weight at birth, they will weight between 250-300 pounds at 5 months (about 7 months total age).

Freezer meat ratio with pigs is 50 percent of hoof weight. As you can see, you will end up with somewhere between 100 and 175 pounds of meat in the freezer depending upon the above mentioned factors. The most rewarding part is the high quality of the meat. Believe me, you will notice the difference!

The reason that we recommend 5 months raising on pure grain and water is because this is the period where they put on the best lean meat to fat ratio with a continuous gain of 1 pound for every 3 pounds of grain. If you raise them beyond 5 months, they will continue to gain weight, but the ratio of fat to lean meat increases. With regard to pigs, fat is not considered waste, and is therefore a part of what you receive from the butcher when you pick up your meat. In most cases the processor will ask you if you want the lard which is the fat, and there is quite a bit, somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds per pig. If nothing else, it makes great dog food or coyote bait.

At an average cost of $10 per 50 pound bag of feed, at 300 pounds, you will have fed 18 bags of feed at a total cost of $180. Of course, there are other costs, but they are minimal. For example, the cost of purchase where piglets average $60 each, and also the cost of slaughter and processing which averages $120 each for a total final cost of $360 each for a final cost per pound of $2.40 which is still extremely cheap for the high quality of meat that you will have.