Food, water, shelter … those are all pretty important things when it comes to raising animals (or people for that matter), and they are also things that I talk about a lot on the podcast. But, it seems like the most expensive and difficult to figure out sometimes is feed … especially when it comes to pigs on my farm! There is always a struggle to get the feeders set so that the pigs have to work just hard enough to get feed, but not too hard. There is the question of how much feed value they are getting from the pastures and woodlot. And, of course there is always the question of organic … non-GMO … or conventional feeds. With all that in mind I’m also always looking for ways to get the feed costs down and keep the efficiencies of raising our pigs up … it is a fine line.
That is why the e-mail I received from Claudia about organic and alternative feeds for pigs caused me to think about so many different things. Questions like these have been running through my head all week …
- How can I switch over to organic feed and keep my costs down?
- What plants should I be planting in my pig paddocks?
- Is non-GMO most important for me now … or organic … or a certain price point and doing the best that I can with the feed?
- Should organic feeds cost as much as they do?
- Why am I so confused!?!
Alternative Pig Feed Links …
- Feeding Trial: Succotash Swine from Practical Farmers of Iowa
- Alfalfa as a Feed Supplement for Finishing Hogs from Practical Farmers of Iowa
- Barley Versus Corn Based Hog Rations from Practical Farmers of Iowa
- Barley-Based Hog Ration vs. a Corn Based Ration from Practical Farmers of Iowa
- The Natural Farmer “Hog Production Alternatives”
- Alternative Feed Ingredients for Swine Rations
- Designing Feeding Programs for Natural and Organic Pork Production
- Small Scale Pastured Hog Production from GrassWorks
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