Have you ever heard the thought that you are only as healthy as what you eat? Ever thought that you are only as healthy what your food eats?
That was MY main thought when we got our pigs. Why raise pigs to eat that don’t eat heathy themselves? As you know, I am fairly new to the area so I don’t know the area businesses. Don’t know where the food comes from. But I do know a farmer that raises his own pasture raised pork. What does HE feed his pigs? I asked him and it’s from another local farmer, who happens to be certified organic! It’s just a mixture of three grains. Why I didn’t think about this until I GOT the pigs, I have no idea!
For the first couple of weeks, I fed that mixture. Farmer John allows his pigs a larger area to pasture. Mine don’t have that much area and they immediately tore up all the vegetation in there. So I was concerned that they weren’t getting ENOUGH to eat. Yes, they got our scraps but was that enough?
Shortly after we got the pigs, we went up to our favorite camp and helped clean out the industrial refrigerator and freezer. I was so excited to bring home all the expired food to feed the pigs. One reason I love having pigs is they turn scraps into bacon!
Through K’s 4H classes, I learned that pigs need a certain percentage of protein. I buy our bulk goods from an awesome coop called Azure Standard and saw they offered alfalfa pellets and field peas but no pig feed. I asked Farmer John if those would be good to add and he said yes. I want these pigs to grow like they should! No skimping on my bacon! K IS in 4H but she is a clover bud meaning she can’t sell her pigs in the livestock sale but WE can eat them!
So my pig feed is a mixture of local grains, alfalfa pellets and field peas. They LOVE it!!!