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Raising a Homestead Hog


We have learned several things through raising a hog for our family.
 Here is a list, but I hope to develop this list a bit more:
  1. Hogs must have STRONG fencing. 
  2. The more you can feed a hog on leftovers (slop) the less you have to buy in the way of feed.
  3. For starting a hog – use 13% protein feed and for growing use 16% feed.
  4. Soybean meal will grow a hog but it will produce a softer fat.  This is not good for bacon producing.
  5. Hogs are very susceptable to parasites and must be wormed regularly.
  6. The breed of hog has a lot to do with the kind of meat you desire.  Certain breeds are better for ham, bacon, lard, etc.  Study to see which one is best for your needs.
  7. Hogs can be raised on concrete.  It is easier to keep the pen clean and regulate the amount of fresh earth they get.
  8. Hogs do like to have some soil to eat on a regular basis.
  9. Hogs do not stink unless their owner is lax in keeping their area clean. So it is not the hog that stinks, it is the owner. :-)))

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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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