5 Common Myths About Raising Pigs
To many people, pigs are an unwanted pet or farm animal. Many believe that pigs are dirty and stinky. However, in reality they are the smartest and one of the cleanest animals if maintained properly. People who believe this common misconception don’t know pigs and are misinformed. Here are the most commonly believed myths about raising pigs.
Myth #1--Pigs stink and are very dirty
Fact…Pigs are actually one of the cleanest farm animals. They will only roll in the mud if they do not have proper shade and a clean water supply. Pigs are prone to sweating and will overheat very quickly in the hot summer sun. Not only do they sweat but they can burn, leading them to wallow in the mud to stay cool.
Well kept and shaded pens will prevent your pigs from wallowing, and getting dirty. Making sure your pigs have adequate space for living and feeding is also a great way to keep your pigs clean. Putting pigs out on a pasture will provide them with plenty of space to roam and the ability to keep dry and clean.
Pigs also require enough room to eat and defecate separately. Pigs will sleep and defecate on two separate sides of the pen if given enough space.
Myth #2--Pigs are hard and time consuming to care for
Fact…Pigs only take about an hour and a half a week to care for. Two hours if you plan to pasture your pigs and are going to move their pen around for optimal foraging.
Pigs are usually trouble free animals, and will forage and grow on their own with little care as long as they have the proper housing.
Myth #3--Pigs are stupid
Fact…Pigs are essentially the smartest farm animal, however they can’t see well. Relying heavily on memory and past experiences pigs will learn their boundaries very quickly and will not tread where fencing once was. If you are wishing to move your fencing, you have to be careful not to put gates and open pasture where hot wires used to be. Pigs will be lenient to go near that side of the pasture.
Myth #4--You need lots of land to raise pigs
Fact…Although pigs are foragers and rooters they do not need a lot of space. It is possible to let out as many as four pigs on just an acre of land. Rotating the area of the pen and supplementing their diet with grains will prevent them from foraging the ground to dirt. You can also use pigs to till and fertilize pasture and gardens.
Myth #5--You need large amounts of pigs to make a profit
Fact…Although pigs are happier with companions you can make a profit from one to two pigs. Two or more is ideal because it allows friendly competition between pigs allowing them to fight over feed and grow faster. However, depending on your reasons for wanting to buy pigs, two is plenty to own as a pet, till and fertilize a garden, and produce meat for your family.
When managed properly pigs will grow up to be a healthy and hearty farm animal that will make a great addition to any farm. Whether you're looking for a new addition to the family, looking to make a profit, or wanting pigs solely for their meat they are a great investment and will provide your farm with diversity and character. Given adequate care pigs can greatly enhance your farm.