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#3155894 - 02/08/13 08:21 AM Raising hogs
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Thinking about raising a few this year. I have no experience. Any advice would be appreciated.
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#3155897 - 02/08/13 08:25 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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Wherever you put them, prepare for it to become a mud pit. Need good stout fence or "hog panels". They will eat absolutely anything you put in the pen. My buddy bowfishes and he feeds his hogs carp and gar....they love'em
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#3155902 - 02/08/13 08:33 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: rukiddin?]
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Thanks. How deep should I bury the fence. I was thinking around 18".
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#3155906 - 02/08/13 08:39 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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we raised five this year.been doing it for several years.killed them all day after christmas and done it all ourselves.salted all the meat down and ground up all the sausage too.nothing better than fresh meat that you know exactly what they have been fed.
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#3155913 - 02/08/13 08:42 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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We used to raise about 50-70 a year. Besides using a tough fence or panels you will need to run a STRONG electric fence about 8 inches or so off the ground and running a wire around the top doesnt hurt either. You will have to check the wire around the bottom pretty often because they will push mud on it and ground it out. After they get used to the electric wire they wont test it very often. Their not as dumb as they look.
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#3155922 - 02/08/13 08:52 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Hardwoodmaterials]
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Their not as dumb as they look.

you got that right.. i think they are teh smartest critter on the farm.. And the old saying is true.. "If a hog can get his nose through, the rest of his body will follow".. and "You can't head a hog"..

we used to put up three or four a year to kill.. We would put them in a above ground pen, about 10x10 and feed them nothing but corn for several months before slaughtering them.
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#3155926 - 02/08/13 08:55 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: gtk]
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I was young but my grandpa always swapped for 2 every year.

I remember all table scraps went to the hog pen and they stink is about all I can recall.
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#3155958 - 02/08/13 09:22 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Redfred16]
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Better check zoning regs. You can't just raise hogs anywhere I've been told. My grandfather raised them years ago and man they stunk! Country ham was delicious though!
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#3156029 - 02/08/13 10:04 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Food Plot 101]
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The larger the area you keep them in, the less they'll challenge your fence. Contrary to popular belief, they do not like to waller in their own crap. If you give them enough space, they won't.

Keep at least two - Never just one.

If you ring their nose, they'll root less. They like to graze also so if you keep them in a crp field, you can save on feed.

Feed them as much as they'll eat and get them up to weight as fast as possible. Then butcher them out at 150-250 lbs. The older they get, the tougher the meat.

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#3156169 - 02/08/13 12:06 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Crappie Luck]
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Thanks for the info! When is the right time of year to start and whats the best size to get.
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#3156179 - 02/08/13 12:12 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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Now would be a good time to get weened, 20-30 lb piglets. They'll be just about the right size by fall.

On average, they'll gain about 1lb per day (less when they are small but more after 3 months). and they'll gain about 1 lb for every 7 lbs of feed. After they get around 150 lbs, that feed ratio drops and they'll consume more but gain less.

that's another good reason to whack 'em out \:D
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#3156530 - 02/08/13 05:13 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Crappie Luck]
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My dad has 8 now. We just ringed them the other day. It sure stops there rooting under the fence.
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#3156540 - 02/08/13 05:24 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: timberjack86]
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Jimmy Dean! Alot less trouble.
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#3156562 - 02/08/13 05:45 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: bbuck14]
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What's the smallest area..like pen..you could raise one in? LIke 10 by 10 or 20 by 20 or what?
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#3156563 - 02/08/13 05:46 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: bbuck14]
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When i was a kid my dad and papaw raised them. I remember after we would close the filling station we would load up and go to different restaurants and pick up scraps. Stunk. Go home and feed. Stunk. About a month before killing time it was all some kind of feed not scraps. Don't remember. Amazing how all that stinky crap was forgotten at breakfast time. Wish i would have paid more attention to what he put in that sausage because it was the best and he sold it like hotcakes.
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#3156586 - 02/08/13 06:08 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Buckykm1]
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Excellent topic here IMO. I've noticed the piglets for sale on LSN lately. Would one acre hold 2 piglets until they reached 150#?
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#3156588 - 02/08/13 06:09 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: bbuck14]
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 Originally Posted By: bbuck14
Jimmy Dean! Alot less trouble.


yes but not even close too as good.
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#3156602 - 02/08/13 06:22 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
Excellent topic here IMO. I've noticed the piglets for sale on LSN lately. Would one acre hold 2 piglets until they reached 150#?


Good Lord Yes. We had less than a acre years ago and probably had 20 or more year round. Stink, good lord they stink. And JMO. My dad never had an electric fence.
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#3156606 - 02/08/13 06:26 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
Excellent topic here IMO. I've noticed the piglets for sale on LSN lately. Would one acre hold 2 piglets until they reached 150#?


Yes. You'll be fine.
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#3156624 - 02/08/13 06:37 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Crappie Luck]
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I always hated the bore to sow part. Have a good fence there. LOL
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#3156642 - 02/08/13 06:50 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Crappie Luck]
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 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
Excellent topic here IMO. I've noticed the piglets for sale on LSN lately. Would one acre hold 2 piglets until they reached 150#?


Yes. You'll be fine.

I agree.Some people raise 1 in an 8x8 pen. I like to see them be able to move a little. But all they do is eat and sleep. Like a democrat \:D
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#3156714 - 02/08/13 07:41 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: timberjack86]
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I may raise a pair of them. The family loved eating the wildone. i bagged last October...
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#3156718 - 02/08/13 07:43 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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Good luck with them. I have never eaten a wild one but most people say the wildones taste better.
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#3156825 - 02/08/13 08:48 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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Im already tasting that salt cured country ham. \:\) I plan on starting on the lot Monday. Think Ill make it around 50X50 and start off with 2 hogs.

One more question what eats better a sow or boar?
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#3156896 - 02/08/13 09:57 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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We raised show hogs for several years. Used a 16x16 pen made from hog panels against the barn so they could get in from the weather.

We would always get them in October at around 50-60 pounds. Feed them straight pig zipper from coop until they hit 110. Then pig grower until they hit 200. End with pig finisher up to 250-260 by January.

Top dress the feed once a month with safeguard dewormer pellets.

Just how we did it.

As for male or female, If its male, make sure it's cut or you'll get boar taint.
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#3157766 - 02/09/13 07:30 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: JandSCattleCo]
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thanks
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#3157821 - 02/09/13 08:09 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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My late brother raised them for 3-4 years till he got too bad to handle. I always ended up with the job of cutting the little piggers , We killed a boar once and it was too strong to cook in the house ! mucch less eat !
Now, you talk about salt curing and making country ham , that's an art too and you can lose the whole batch If not done right. Just the right amount of salt at the right temp for the right amount of time or it will ruin. Nothing worse than cutting into one and next to the bone you find skippers , You then get to trash the whole shoulder or ham !

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#3157831 - 02/09/13 08:14 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: SALTMAN]
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That would stink. whats skippers?
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#3157850 - 02/09/13 08:24 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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 Originally Posted By: TN RDG RNR
Thinking about raising a few this year. I have no experience. Any advice would be appreciated.


Got to learn the hog call.... \:D

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#3158944 - 02/10/13 05:28 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: gator-n-buck]
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\:D
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#3159039 - 02/10/13 07:12 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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my grand mother said if you ever had to go in the pen with them roll up your pants legs so's they would see your hairy legs and the would think it was just another hog.........
but i wasn't going into that pen for love or money


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#3159160 - 02/10/13 08:39 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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That would stink. whats skippers?

a polite name for a maggott
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#3159170 - 02/10/13 08:43 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: pressfit]
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My brother in laws dad had the last commercial pig operation in our county.. you pretty much have to feed a hog everything he eats.. from what he has told me.. there is very very very little profit in raising hogs.. you might be doing it for the pleasure of it which is a whole different ball game.. good luck!
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#3159173 - 02/10/13 08:44 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: pressfit]
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They will eat anything, bones and all...
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#3159179 - 02/10/13 08:51 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: timberjack86]
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Excellent topic here IMO. I've noticed the piglets for sale on LSN lately. Would one acre hold 2 piglets until they reached 150#?


Yes. You'll be fine.

I agree.Some people raise 1 in an 8x8 pen. I like to see them be able to move a little. But all they do is eat and sleep. Like a democrat \:D
I wish that was all a Democrat did. They would cause a lot less trouble!!!!
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#3159271 - 02/10/13 10:15 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: pressfit]
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That would stink. whats skippers?

a polite name for a maggott


Actually, a skipper is a union maggot.
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#3160673 - 02/12/13 07:33 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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One more question what eats better a sow or boar?


If you butcher them out within 8-9 months and 150-200 lbs, there is no difference. But if that boar is "uncut", he's going to get pretty ripe as he nears 2 yr old.

But, as I mentioned earlier, the meat will be tougher, the older they get. If you want tender chops and hams, get them up to weight and butcher as fast as possible. (6-9 months old)
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#3160683 - 02/12/13 07:43 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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They aint gonna survive 2 or 3 years around here we like bacon too much. \:\)

Looked at some hog panels at TSC yesterday. The 16' cattle panels were about 1 foot taller but the squares were 6" and $5 a panel cheaper. As long as I start out with a 20 or 30 lber the cattle panel should keep them in?

Thanks for all the info
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#3160685 - 02/12/13 07:45 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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I heard you can bag your grass clippings when you mow and they will eat it?
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#3160687 - 02/12/13 07:50 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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You'll probably be OK. I had some young ones that would squeeze between the slats of an aluminum gate but a little chicken wire stopped it. I don't think they'll be able to squeeze through the 6" squares though. The space in the gate was 6" tall, but 2' wide.

I feed them with a plastic coffee can. If you shake it when you feed them, they'll learn pretty fast what that sound is. Then, if one ever get's out, shake that can and they'll come a runnin'.

My 65 lb son could get a 250 lb A-hole sow we had back in the pen in less than 2 minutes with a couple rocks and a coffee can \:\)
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#3160688 - 02/12/13 07:51 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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I heard you can bag your grass clippings when you mow and they will eat it?


They like grass, honey suckle, most weeds.

They'll eat the heck out of road kill deer too. That's 100 lb of free feed and protein \:\)
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#3160804 - 02/12/13 09:19 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: pressfit]
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My brother in laws dad had the last commercial pig operation in our county.. you pretty much have to feed a hog everything he eats.. from what he has told me.. there is very very very little profit in raising hogs.. you might be doing it for the pleasure of it which is a whole different ball game.. good luck!
Maybe depends on the size of the operation? Brother in-law is pretty high up in the largest one here in Iowa. He oversee's 1.62 million pigs per year from farrow to finish. They employee 900 workers. The owner is pretty well off and my bil does pretty good too. He's able to take the company jet to the Ozarks instead of driving most of the time.

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