Farmer Focus: Waste fruit and veg nothing new to pigs


I’m on vacation in a good looking nook of rural Dorset. The hamlet is sandwiched tightly between Devon and Somerset, so I’ve three nice farming counties to probe for the value of 1.

My momentary abode is a standard stone cottage on a small inventory farm.

Alongside the cottage is an orchard stuffed with fruit-laden bushes, and subsequent to that may be a giant pig pen the place presently three pleasant Tamworth-cross gilts reside. 

My spouse is taking some convincing that I had no data of the porcine neighbours when our lodging was booked.

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About the creator

Rob McGregor

Livestock Farmer Focus author
LSB Pigs runs 1,550 sows in two out of doors herds to supply weaners beneath a contract settlement. Rob manages the operation which inserts right into a barley and sugar beet rotation on rented land close to Fakenham, Norfolk.

I make a journey to the orchard for an apple off a tree and an viewers with the three pigs every morning.

By the time I arrive, the pigs are normally tucking right into a breakfast trough of windfall apples and meal.

It’s an age-old follow that sees surplus or dirty produce fed, whether or not it’s apples, root crops or inexperienced leaf tops.

By unusual coincidence, whereas I’ve been away, again residence in Norfolk a feed trial feeding ensiled beet pulp to a batch of sows has began.

Back in spring, simply earlier than the beet factories closed for the summer time, we took supply of 60t of moist beet pulp, packed by contractors into an Agbag sausage.

Facilities on farm weren’t excellent for the supply or the next dealing with of the pulp.

The stuff was very reluctant to go away the bulkers, even when totally tipped up. Things obtained messy, however ultimately the bag was stuffed, sealed up and left to pickle.

Since then, we’ve acquired a Keenan Klassik feed wagon with a excessive facet discharge shoot, which, after a couple of alterations, is now excellent for mixing and delivering the ration into our lengthy troughs over the electrical fence with none paddock adjustments.

The beet pulp is being combined with a balancing ration (5 elements beet pulp to 4 elements balancer), however because the trial progresses, that would nicely be adjusted.

Each sow is being fed 4.7kg a day (however this may change). It’s an attention-grabbing undertaking to be concerned with and one which, to my thoughts, has rather a lot to supply.

But, as my Dorset break has jogged my memory, that is nothing new – we’re merely discovering contemporary methods of doing what others have finished efficiently for hundreds of years.