I love everything about pigs. If I had more land and the funds for feeding them, I would raise pigs commercially on pasture rotation through the woods. As a kid, I had never experienced pork's flavor grown outside in the sun as God intended animals to live. I had only had pork from the local grocery store, and they are not only worlds apart in flavor but galaxies!
My piglets on a roomy new pasture. Pig are clean creatures despite the muddy appearance. Water baths or misting is necessary for the hot months to cool a pig because they do not have sweat glands. Cool water or mud displaces excess heat, keeping them from overheating.
Pigs pick a bathroom in a pasture corner and will not root through this area even though it is an earthworm heaven because they do not want to touch excrement. However, pigs in a pen will root under feces and often eat feces because there is no other food source for entertainment. Pigs like searching for goodies. They are thinkers, and allowing pigs to root socially on pasture is good for their minds. Healthy minds build healthy animals. Pigs that consume feces develop a musty taint in the pork, especially in the fat, creating a substandard pork product.
In my first few years of using bag feed, I lost numerous chickens and turkeys from overfeeding them with refined grains. Turkeys were prone to get heart attacks, and the chicken's livers had fatty liver disease. Excessive bag feed also would stop egg-laying in the poultry from packing on so much fat.
Why not feed them less? Hungry animals escape. Escaped animals are vulnerable to predators, and you lose your time and money invested in the critter.
Whole oats and milo digest slowly, keeping the livestock filled with fiber while still obtaining enough protein to put on weight. Never ever sprout milo to use as fodder or allow it to get wet. Milo sprouts make natural cyanide, which can kill livestock in small doses. I only use milo feed in the dry summer months to avoid this.
They are all very different and taking time to learn their traits makes for easier caretaking. You need to know what you are getting into -take the time to learn and understand your animals' attributes.
Pigs on Pasture
The pigs love the sound of the tractor. When I go down to the creek the pigs like to race along the fence of their pasture. The video is a little bumpy because the tractor has a lot of bounce pulling the water wagon.