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How to Feed Growing Pigs

    • 1). Purchase a balanced pig starter feed for newly weaned pigs. Pigs weaned at six weeks require a diet with 18 percent crude protein. Provide pigs weaned at a younger age with a 20-percent protein diet. Feed the pig starter feed until the young pigs reach 40 to 50 lbs. A common pig starter feed contains corn, soybean meal and dried whey.

    • 2). Provide a complete grower-finisher ration to pigs weighing more than 50 lbs. The older pigs require a diet with 16 percent crude protein. Grower-finisher feeds are coarsely ground or formed into pellets. Feed the grower-finisher until the pigs reach the desired market weight.

    • 3). Save money by mixing a complete protein supplement with ground grain. The protein supplement often contains soybean meal and a list of required vitamins and minerals. Peanut meal, cottonseed meal, dried skim milk or whey, and poultry by-product meal serve as alternative protein supplements. Corn is widely used as grain. Depending on price, supplement the corn with wheat, barley and triticale.

    • 4). Mix ground grain, a protein supplement and a vitamin/mineral basemix. If bulk cereal grains and protein supplements are available, this may reduce the feed cost. The basemix contains vitamins A, B, D, E and K. It also has a variety of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper, iodine and selenium.

    • 5). Feed gilts destined for breeding differently than market pigs. Feed breeding gilts 4 to 6 lbs. of feed per day from 180 lbs. until two weeks prior to breeding. Increase the feed to 6 to 8 lbs. two weeks prior to breeding. Provide full feed for market pigs. Give them continuous access to feed or feed the pigs all they want to consume several times per day.

    • 6). Provide fresh water to pigs at all times. Nipple waterers keep the water clean. Provide a pig feeder or trough with sufficient room for all pigs to eat.

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