Raising And Keeping Pigs For A Living

by admin on June 10, 2013

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Raising And Keeping Pigs For A Living

 

Raising and keeping pigs for a living is a very rewarding experience for many reasons, and there are many aspects of pig farming that can make you earn hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately, it depends on your creativity, knowledge on breeding, marketing, and social skills to make your stuff known. It is only when you have mastered the necessary skills that you can control the field of raising pigs for a living at the palm of your hands.

 

Farmers highly profit from pigs for they can help them on many ways.Aside from providing necessary companionship (Contrary to popular belief, pigs can equate as endearing pets just like dogs. Remember the well-loved movie pig Babe?), pigs help farmers a lot when it comes to natural fertilizers.

Pigs supply them with the manure they needed for their plants. Pigs aren’t choosy animals as they can feed even on household scraps, solving the problem of additional expenses. Though the most valuable investment a farmer or you for this matter will have to undertake will be the construction of a sturdy pig house. Once you have build your pigs a sturdy home that is free from pests that can potentially harm them, plus a steady supply of fresh water, hay, and a mixture of scraps and commercial feeds, you can free yourself from the worry of looking over these animals closely.

 

It will be a different story once you decide to take pig farming to the next level. Feeding your pigs extensively and making them plump can increase their marketability as long as you ensure their health during their stay at your farm.

It can take a minimum of three months, so you can just imagine how many pigs whose meat you may have sold in a year. Furthermore, their manure can be also processed as fertilizers and be sold to other farmers at a price. Or you can go organic instead by making your pigs feed only on natural foods and take care of them under conditions highly approved of animal welfare organizations. Licensing is needed on this, but the income will be highly rewarding once you’ve done it.

raising pigs for a living

 

Pig raising can be a very lucrative source of income when your pigs are taken care of in high quality conditions, using only natural materials for its nutrition, hence freeing it from diseases harmful not only to the pig but to the consumers themselves. What are the ways of raising pigs for profits?

1. Pig meat – Of course, its meat is its valuable byproduct! You can just imagine the high demand for meat from all over the world, as it is a common food for everyone. As a pig farmer, you can make invest on plumping up your pigs by feeding it with commercially produced feeds as long as you ensure that the feeds are pesticide-free. Since pigs aren’t choosy animals, household scraps can be also used to plump them up. Bathing them regularly and making sure no pests will invade the pigs’ bodies will ensure you of higher income once they are butchered.

2. Fertilizers – Pig manure can be subsequently collected and turned into an important component of fertilizers. Remember the hay you use to line up the flooring of your pen? Collect them and let them stand for around a week, then you can sell it out to another farmer or an interested member of a fertilizer company. You can make some money out of your pets’ by-products!

3. Auctions – By learning how to properly mate your pigs (if you have a set of mixed genders), you can let them produce offspring or mixture of pig breeds and auction these piglets on a farm fair or annual auctions on your locality. However, make sure that the piglets are healthy. Feeding them well and providing them vitamins or supplements will enhance its saleability.

4. Go Organic – In our modern times when people are more conscious with their health, manufacturers find alternative ways to yield products that will enable customers to enjoy pig meats with less effects on their health. Organic pigs are defined as animals that are tended to using the highest grade of feeds and procedures highly accepted in the animal welfare. Of course, organic pigs (and meats) sale higher in the market. You can research more about the policies that can license you as an organic farmer, and your produces as organic meats.

 

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