Freedom from hunger and thirst is one of the so-called “five freedoms” on which compassionate livestock care is based. As a UK pig farmer, it is your responsibility to ensure that the animals in your care receive adequate nutrition that supports health and vigour, as well as a constant supply of fresh water. Of course, there are many different pig feed options on the market, and they are not all equal. How do you choose the right pig feed? Here are five brief tips to guide you.
- Change Nutrient Density and Volume: One important consideration is that in order to optimise meat production, you must change nutrient density and feed volume at different stages of life. A piglet will require different nutritional support than a weaner, and a weaner will require different support than a pig being finished.
- Mixed Grains: Grain constitutes the bulk of pig feed but providing only a single type of grain in your pigs’ diet risks nutrient deficiencies. Particularly for growers, make sure your feed includes a combination of wheat, barley, and soya.
- Protein Becomes Less Important: While protein will always be important in the diet of your pigs, it becomes less so as they mature.
- Breed Specifics: When searching for pig feed, keep in mind breed specifics that will determine things like genetic leanness or carcass characteristics.
- Consider Food Waste: Food waste may constitute a viable option for at least some portion of your pigs’ feed, and it may help to reduce deforestation and reduce costs, as well, according to The Guardian.
In addition to the tips above, understand that the right pig housing and feeding systems will help to automate the feeding process while ensuring optimum nutrition availability at all times. IDS custom designs pig housing, feeding systems, watering systems, and more. Contact us today.