This publication will help youth and beginning swine producers to understand the five basic criteria for selecting a swine animal. It will also help beginners in 4-H and FFA livestock judging to understand proper note-taking format and the structure of oral reasons.
Small grains, such as barley, oats, rye, triticale, and wheat can be useful feedstuffs in swine feeding programs. In many instances, pigs fed well-balanced small grain-based diets can perform as well as those fed corn-based diets.
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We purchased three 7-week old feeder pigs on the last day of August 2015 and one of the pigs was a non-castrated boy. We have heard that non-castrated male pigs get to an age that their hormones mature and their meat is tainted, flavor wise? Is this true and if so, what age is too old to butcher a...