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Mixing your own pig food

 
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Hello Permies,

I am raising 2 pigs for the first time and I am curious how I would go about mixing my own pig food for them and if it's worth it.

I have access to bulk corn, what else would I need to add in ? Does anyone have good reference information or even a recipe ?

Commercial pig food has so many ingredients I'm wondering if a frugal homesteader can get it done with a simpler mix.

 
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Are the pigs going to have access to pasture? Will they get to forage for some of their own food?


I raised my pigs last year on only forage and wheat/barley which was soaked for 3 days in water with apple cider vinegar.
I would add some kelp meal to the food.
Plus they got all of the kitchen scraps.
I also got deliveries of food from a local restaurant.
Pigs grew fine!

The kelp has salt in it. I did not add any salt to the food.


For a while i was giving them 12% rabbit pellets.

In the fall they received all the apples i could give them.

Honestly the pigs got every possible food i could give them. I gave them chicken eggs along with their shells. Some times i gave them just egg shells with their food.
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They will have access to pasture, though it's not properly planted pasture (yet) so I can only guess what they'll find out there. Thank you for sharing your experience. This is the first year I am raising pigs and moving away from grain, at least partially, seems an obtainable goal as I gain experience.
 
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