Pigs

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.

The success of People First Piggery co-operative

Hard work and tenacity have turned a tiny enterprise into a flourishing commercial operation.
Rearing pigs on acorns

Rearing pigs on acorns

Acorn-fed pigs is a Spanish and Portuguese tradition. Oak Valley Estate in the Elgin Valley is one of just a few commercial, free-range, acorn-fed pig farms in South Africa.

From unutilised land to successful piggery

The Doornspruit Community Trust has put land donated to it by the Catholic Church to good use by opening a piggery. The operation has begun doing well, and today supplies...

New deal for pig farmers

Smart producers realise that producing within environmentally and socially sustainable limits is an opportunity, says Dr Glen Illing of Topigs. He was speaking at the recent RSA Pork Producers’ Organisation...
Commercial pig production: A quick income earner

Commercial pig production: A quick income earner

Not having specific skills to diversify should not be a deterrent, according to Thami Zimu.

Top pig stud gains from strong genetics

A strict selection policy, in which only 50% of female piglets born are selected as F1 gilts, has gained the Leanside pig stud a reputation for superior genetics. It has...
Pigs as pets: Breeding teacup pigs

Pigs as pets: Breeding teacup pigs

Steven Watermeyer is breeding micro pigs to meet the local demand for pet porkies.
How to survive economically in pork production

How to survive economically in pork production

Neil Dry focuses on exceptional genetics in the management of his piggery in North West.

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