How much weight do you lose when you butcher a pig?
On average about 57% of a hog make it from the pen to the pan. A 250 lb. hog will yield approximately 144 lbs of retail cuts. Around 28% of a hog's live weight is inedible product re- moved during the slaughter and dressing procedure bringing our 250 lb.
A piglet usually feeds from its mother until it is four to six weeks old and weighs about 25 pounds. Then it begins to eat feed grain and is known as a feeder pig. It takes about six months for a pig to reach market weight of 250 pounds.
- Pigs in winter do not need any type of supplemental heat down to at least 20 degrees below 0 Fahrenheit, which is how cold it has been here. We've actually looked into their three-sided shelter and seen steam rising off their bodies on cold days.
- Gimme Shelter. Pigs require very little space. While textbooks say pigs can get by with a minimum of 20 square feet per pig in an outdoor area, they need more room to roam. Plan for a minimum of 50 square feet per pig, preferably a little more.
- Unlike laying hens (kept for egg production) which live for about a year, broilers only live for several weeks before they are slaughtered. In the EU, the slaughter age ranges from 21 to 170 days (typically around 5 to 7 weeks)6.
Pregnancy lasts for 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days. A well fed sow will produce at least 10 piglets (litter) from each pregnancy and may have 2 litters each year. After studying this unit you should be able to: 1 Care for the pregnant sow.
- Pregnancy lasts for 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days. A well fed sow will produce at least 10 piglets (litter) from each pregnancy and may have 2 litters each year. After studying this unit you should be able to: 1 Care for the pregnant sow.
- Most piglets are delivered every 15-20 minutes, but can occur faster or slower. If the interval between piglets is longer than 30-45 minutes, then the sow or gilt needs to be evaluated to see if she is having difficulty having her piglets.
- Most sows stay on heat for two to three days on average. Take a note of her service because 115 days (on average) later she should farrow. An easy way to remember how long a pig is pregnant for is 'three months, three weeks and three days'.
Updated: 2nd October 2019