Pregnant gilts or sows can be fed:
- sow breeder pellets/nuts or
- milled barley / mixed with pig concentrate and
- a selection of vegetables (particularly cabbage and broccoli as they helps with milk production.)
A sow will eat about 5 or 6lbs of feed a day which is the equivalent of up to 40 bags of pig feed.
Don’t feed your sow more than 6lbs of dry feed a day, unless they are close to farrowing or nursing piglets.
It is important to increase the amount of feed given to the gilt or sow a few days before she farrows. Increase the feed by 2-3lbs a day a few days before farrowing.
Then increase the feed by ½ -1lb per piglet born per day after farrowing.
Pigs should not be fed parsnips as they give them blisters in and around their mouths.
A useful book for a new pig keeper and breeder is the book Starting With Pigs by Andy Case.
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