I've read some differing opinions regarding feeding pigs spinach and broccoli. Should I not be feeding spinach because it inhibits calcium absorption? I realize broccoli can cause some gas, but can it cause fatal bloat? Any info/opinions would be appreciated.
Last year we fed our two paddock shifted pigs the garbage from a restaurant and it included plenty of spinach and tons of broccoli. They got huge! They did get plenty of other stuff to eat (and did a great job being nature's plow). I wouldn't worry too much about it as long as they get other stuff to eat - moderation and all that. Just be a good permie and be observant and they should be fine.
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This is my first time with pigs, so i still have a lot to learn. but ours get tons of vegetable scraps from the garden. they have access to pasture, but the majority of inputs is vegi waste. this varies from day to day (depending on what is harvested), but is usually lettuce, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, kale, ect... they get ~3 5 gal buckets/pig in the AM and 3 5 gal buckets/pig in the PM. they do get whey/milk 1-2 days per/week, as well as 5 kilos/pig of spent brewers grain 1 day/week. i also feed them the yeast from the fermentors (.25 gal/pig/week). i would like to increase the amount of grain, but that would mean me buying another fermentor.......
this is the first time in the pasture, so after they are moved on to fresh pasture, i have been seeding with clover, squash, beens, corn, borage, kale, and radish.
i have never raised pigs the "normal" way, so i have nothing to compare them to, but they are healthy, fat, and seem to be growing at a good pace.
Walter Jeffries wrote:We grow and feed literally tons of brassicas including kale, rape, broccoli and spinach and related species out on our pastures. They're great foods for pigs and have never caused any problems for us.
X2 for us, I sometimes get good deals on whitetail deer "food plot" seed and it has lots of brassicas in the mix, plus if the pigs havent hit some paddocks in rotation I can hunt it during bow season. I have noticed a preference to the greens being hit by a frost by both the pigs and the deer.