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When you buy feeder pigs, it's best to get them from a reputable feeder pig dealer or a source where you know something about the health and management status of the pigs. Don't buy pigs if you don't know where they came from or how they were managed. That is often buying trouble, in the form of disease problems.

Death losses may go to 10 or 15 percent if a disease gets a good start. Of course, your chances of keeping your pigs healthy are better if you only have one or two animals. But the biggest cost is usually from slow growth and poor feed conversion caused by diseases such as atrophic rhinitis and pneumonia.

Be sure your facilities are adequate. A 40-pound pig needs at least four to five square feet of living space. Make sure the pigs have feed and water and a dry, warm environment when they arrive at your homestead.

Pigs and water

A pig will normally consume about twice as much water as feed. This means a 40-pound pig needs about half a gallon of water per day. For good health and growth, it's important to make sure your pigs have sufficient water.
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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Nov 1, 1993
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