A childrens introduction to pig farming

01/03/2023

Becoming a pig farmer can be a fun and rewarding experience, and it's a great way to learn about where your food comes from and how it's raised. 

Some reasons you might want to be a pig farmer:

  • Pigs are fun animals to take care of and watch grow.
  • As a pig farmer, you'll learn about how pigs are raised and how to care for them.
  • Pig farming can be a great way to spend time outdoors.
  • Pigs can provide different types of meat for you and your family to enjoy, such as bacon, ham, pork chops, and sausages.
  • Competition pig farming is fun and can be a great way to meat other farmers.

What meats come from a pig:

  • Pork is meat that comesfrom a pig. Different cuts of pork come from different parts of the pig, such as the loin, the shoulder, and the belly.
  • Ham and bacon are also products that come from a pig. Ham is a cut of meat that comes from the hind leg of the pig, while bacon is a cured meat product that comes from the belly of the pig.

Competition Pig Showing:

  • Pig showing is when pig farmers bring their pigs to a competition to be judged on things like size, muscle, and overall appearance.
  • Pig showing is a great way to learn about different breeds of pigs and to see how your pigs compare to others.
  • Pig showing can be a fun and exciting way to spend time with other pig farmers and pig enthusiasts.

To become a pig farmer, you'll need to learn about how to care for pigs, what to feed them, and how to keep them healthy. You can start by visiting a pig farm and talking to the farmer, or by joining a club or other youth organization that focuses on farming.

You'll also need to learn about the different breeds of pigs, such as Hampshire, Yorkshire and Duroc, and what makes each one unique. You'll learn about their body shape, color and size. Commonly across the breeds pigs are known for their hardiness and adaptability.

  • Sows typically weighing around 600-700 pounds and boars around 800-900 pounds.
  • Each are known for their high meat yield, good quality meat and high growth rate.
  • These established breeds are known for their good mothering abilities and high fertility.

Remember, pig farming is a big responsibility and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But with the right knowledge and training, you can become a successful pig farmer and enjoy the many rewards that come with it.

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