John Malayter wrote:We as farmers don't have expendable income to put in a large facility to farrow and raise these animals so are their any ideas on how to up my number of animals and keep my facility sustainable and cheap to build.
John Malayter wrote:Ps. I have access to a lot of woods on our property........
John Malayter wrote:My goal? I'd like to farrow 1 pig per month
John Malayter wrote:giving me 8-16 piglets per birth
John Malayter wrote:I'd keep as many piglets as possible for 6-8 months up until processing.....if this makes any sense! I would then have enough pigs on the ground at any given time to satisfy my customers.
John Malayter wrote:Now I don't want to confine these animals however ther will home confinement with these number, strictly for farrow, gestation etc.
John Malayter wrote:let's say I have 8 pigs ( on the low side) per month per sow, after 6-8 weeks these get weened and the sow go's back to the pasture and the babies get moved to where they cannot see mamma, next month new sow and new babies, six weeks those babies get moved with this other littleuns and so on. ... The only thing that bothers me is keeping them cooped up for the 6 weeks but those babies are such a pain in the a$$ and get into everything so its probably not bad to train them to a hot wire while they're confined.