pig feed

Discussion in 'Pig and Poultry' started by spin cycle, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    north norfolk
    how much feed and what cost to keep one sow and rear/fatten her progeny per annum

    i'm no pig farmer but a m8 just asked me guess monthly feed bill for 12 sows as per question...i was £600/month to much....but it was a calculated guess in under a min

    just for fun:)
  2. Greenbeast

    Greenbeast Member

    East Sussex
    costs about £250-300/year to keep a sow alive, iirc that doesn't include farrowing/lactating ration, although i could be wrong
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  3. Pan mixer

    Pan mixer Member

    Near Colchester
    A sow will eat about 1.5 tonnes of feed a year if kept indoors, outside it will be a bit more, some of this ration should be a bit higher spec for when she is milking, that will be for about 10 weeks a year (assuming just over 2 litters per year)
    Dry sow meal will be about £200 per tonne (more if it is bags) lactating about £275

    Assuming that you rear 10 piglets per litter then they are going to eat about 3 tonnes of several different rations to get to 70 Kg deadweight, roughly £260 per tonne.

    The sow will cost say £350 to feed divide by say 24 piglets sold in an average year, i.e. £14.50 per pig sold

    Each pig will eat £75 to £80 worth of feed.

    Each pig will be worth about £100 shortly (pig price nose-diving)

    There are one or two other costs like housing, water, straw, labour, vet and med, machinery costs (even a wheelbarrow wears out, so do hand muck forks and shovels)

    The feed figures are ball park, depends on how much you are buying, what the wheat/barley and soya markets are doing that week etc.
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  4. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Newport, SE Wales
    Having raised a few for the table though to 6m traditional breeds. Mine have always been high welfare/outdoors in large area. Min feed cost to about 6m old is around £80 min us being organic a lot more. So I would say if you were buying in a bag at a time Id say cost in £100 min in feed to fatten that is. I have fed poultry feed when I ran out worked fine. Purchase of weaner say £25. Straw bedding. Water system, feeding system. If you have whey/apples etc that's a bonus. Man hours have been low for us as kept outdoor but your fences need to be good.

    We used to keep sows but I have no records to work on. Stopped raising pigs to sell half a few years ago people don't want to pay the real price so we usually do it just for us now.

    I know its not about fattening pigs but the cost of feeding them, kill and butchery adds up and see far too many people selling half a pig too cheap. I paid £150 for half an organic pig before Christmas. Its very good. Profit is not a dirty word and think small scale producers don't do their figures only basing them on what their neighbour is selling at. Surely you need to make absolute min £50 profit which is really a joke as that is less than £10pm. So so wrong
  5. Greenbeast

    Greenbeast Member

    East Sussex
    We sell half for £140, free range traditional breed but not organic
  6. Stewart Setter

    wow, considering the effort alone in keeping up the welfare standards, the profit is harsh.. To be honest though I don't do it for the money and volunteer my time on a rare breeds farm, I love working with Pigs.
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  7. Greenbeast

    Greenbeast Member

    East Sussex
    I don't do it for the money either, because there isn't any :LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL:

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