Raising pigs

Pig, Domestic Pig, Farm, Livestock

A lot of people raise pigs to slaughter for bacon and other various pork products. For those of you who have never done this there’s much more to it than just throwing the animal in a pen and giving it your whole table scraps. You have to properly look after the animal if you want to have that animal to produce good high quality meat products to feed your loved ones.
The first thing you have to be aware of is that pigs like a great deal of water. Water is essential to pig health, and it needs to be clean, fresh, water. These animals will wallow in the mud, but in regards to the water they drink it needs to be clean water if you want the animal to be healthy. Without proper drainage the pencil 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 creature begins to wheeze or cough you can go to the veterinarian, or to the feed store and buy a shot of penicillin that you can give them. The penicillin will probably cure whatever is causing them to cough and wheeze. You have to remove any animal that is sick and put 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 cause death in the animal. If you see that the creature is having bowel problems before it gets an actual blockage you can try to treat it with a castor oil mixture to loosen the stool. The animal should never be given a laxative or anything to encourage a bowel movement if you suspect it has a complete blockage. They manufacture a technical feed to give them when they’re young that helps them to start growing properly. This feed is a bit medicated and will provide them with all their nutritional needs. Once they have matured to a month or two of age you wish to change them into a maintenance feed so that they won’t become overly fat. Before you kill an animal to eat you should stop giving them feeds that contain any chemicals and feed them something such as rice bran or directly corn for at least 2 weeks so the compounds will be out of the meat before you butcher the animal.

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