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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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 Originally Posted By: Hardwoodmaterials
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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