Free Range Pork Farming
How much food does a pig consume? How quick do pigs breed? What do I need for free range pork farming? Is free range pork farming a profitable business?
There are quiet few people who are fortunate to have a large property where they can start a free range pork farm.
What is free range pork farming? Usually you will be keeping your pigs in an open area where surroundings will be appropriate, have plenty of breathing space, a chance to look for food, fresh air and have normal activities and fewer infection.
The requirement for free range pork is very high at present, and there are only a few farmers that produce them. It is very in-demand nowadays and once you enter into this kind of industry the chance of succeeding is big. You only need knowledge on how to manage free range pork farming, just to be sure that you will not have problems in the future. You will have an obligation of taking care of the pigs, their well-being, and their surroundings.
You need to obtain licenses for you to operate a farm, have a waste disposal plan, and you need to coordinate with your local council for limits or other requirements needed for farming in your place. Proper cleaning of pen will be required by the city council for sanitation. Once you enter into free range pork farming, you will not only have obligation to your stock but also to your surrounding neighbors, to the market where you will supply your stock.
You need to have enough funds to sustain your free range pork farm; you need to feed them, provide injectables and vitamins. Pigs need daily deworming for their strength and providing the right nutrition will be the basis of your revenue as pigs have the capacity of growing quickly but providing incorrect diet will result to poor development. Free range pork farming can be very challenging, especially for beginners.
Ideally you can start with 5 to 10 piglets at a time and these pigs will be round about 220lbs to 250lbs when they reach five months old and are already good for selling in the market. Younger pigs are more exposed to infections and diseases, they need for extra caring. You do not need to worry about the fencing as your pig will stay where you place their food but you need to protect and provide shelter for your animals. You can sell them alive or you can butcher them yourself and then sell them to market places but be sure that you have a registered name for your brand for tracing purposes.