Feeding pigs #
Pigs eat once a day, whenever they want, and immediately after eating they produce.
The main goal of the livestock owner is to increase the weight and number of animals, and ultimately to increase production output. Naturally, in order to ensure an increase in the weight of livestock and the normal course of all life processes, it is necessary to provide the animals with high-quality feed.
In the barnyard, each clone has its own feeder. Only those pigs that belong to a given clone will feed there. If the pigs belong to several clones, care must be taken to ensure that all of these clones have feed in their feeders. The pigsty has a common feeding trough for all animals on the account (if the pigsty has sufficient capacity). After the pigsty is built, the animals will eat there.
Feed should be supplied to the feeder with a supply of several days or even months. If necessary, excess food can be removed back to the clone’s inventory.
Each age group of pigs has its own optimal (complete) feed ration. This diet will allow your livestock to gain weight at the maximum rate and produce the maximum amount of goods.
It is important to understand that deviating from the optimal feed ration will reduce the rate at which your animals gain weight. The greater the deviation from the optimal feed ration, the slower the animal will gain weight. In addition, with inadequate (incomplete) nutrition, production will decrease, and the period of readiness for mating and the gestation period will increase.
You can also choose not to feed your livestock at all for a while. Sows and boars do not die of hunger. However, with a complete lack of food, animals will lose weight. Starving animals will also not produce products, and the rate of gestation and preparation for mating processes will drop to 0.
Attention! If animals receive very little feed (relative to the optimal diet), close to zero, or no feed at all, their weight will decrease. In this case, the animals will lose 1/3 of the weight that they would have gained with the optimal feed ration on a particular day. However, it should be noted that this rule does not apply to pigs in the age group 351-380 days: such animals do not lose weight.
If your animal’s weight drops to 0 kilograms, it will die.
Optimal diet for pigs #
When fed the optimal diet, your pigs will achieve the maximum possible weight gain and produce the maximum amount of manure.
Suboptimal (incomplete) diet for pigs #
If you do not have the opportunity to feed your pigs the optimal diet, you can change it at your discretion; however, it is worth remembering that this will affect the livelihoods of pigs.