Pigs

Small-scale pig farmer Augusta Thomas

Small-scale piggery success in the Western Cape

With her tiny 10-sow piggery, Western Cape pig producer Augusta Thomas lacks economy of scale. But despite this, she is making a reasonable living. She spoke to Glenneis Kriel about...
Happy pigs make for good business

Happy pigs make for good business

With 9 600 sows, Chalala Farms near Malmesbury in the Swartland will soon produce more than 275 000 piglets per year. Jeff van Zyl, manager of the piggery, spoke to Glenneis...
Investing in animal welfare pays off for German piggery

Investing in animal welfare pays off for German piggery

With the welfare of farm animals under close scrutiny in Europe, farmers there are increasingly utilising technologies and systems that balance animals’ well-being with profitability. Lloyd Phillips recently toured a...
Understanding the role of the boar in breeding

Understanding the role of the boar in breeding

Novice pig farmers should start with highly marketable and popular breeds such as the Landrace or Large White, says Shane Brody.
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The many advantages of pigs

Today’s domesticated pig has most of the qualities that the modern farmer looks for in livestock, including high profitability, explains Shane Brody.
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Basic requirements for the sleeping area

The enclosed sleeping area for pigs should take up about a third of total pen size.
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Basic infrastructure for small-scale pig farming

The size of your pig housing infrastructure will depend on the number of pigs you have. Ideally, it should be strong, simple and adaptable, and it need not be expensive,...
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How whey can cut the cost of pig feed

Alternative feed options can help to buffer the impact of rising costs, especially when prices increase due to adverse climatic conditions. Mauro Delle Donne of Zandam Farm explained to Glenneis...

Pig farming: starting from scratch

There are several key factors to consider before deciding to farm pigs, whether intensively or free range, says Shane Brody.
Intensive or free-range pig farming?

Intensive or free-range pig farming?

This is the first question you have to ask yourself when considering raising pigs, says Shane Brody.
6 facts about feeding pigs

6 facts about feeding pigs

Dr Elsje Pieterse of the Department of Animal Sciences at Stellenbosch University offers some advice on good feeding practices.
Successful piggery businesses in South Africa

Successful piggery businesses in South Africa

Number Two Piggeries currently employs 1 000 people, and farms a total of 20 000 breeding sows.

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