In Islamic belief, the pig is considered unclean because it is perceived that the animal will eat anything, which is why Muslims are forbidden to eat pig products of any kind. The same can be said in the Jewish community, where the pig is not considered kosher. In some countries, villagers will set up outside rest areas where pigs will eat any defecated matter below. Across the world, pigs have been perceived as dirty animals, but it is only because of domestic farming that pigs have gained such a reputation. Like any other animal, pigs will eat anything if they are given no other option.
Can pigs be raised organic?
Because of poor farming, pigs have been forced to survive by eating and living in unsanitary conditions.
And you'll also be hard pressed to find organically raised pigs. Contrary to popular belief, pigs do not enjoy rolling around in the mud and eating slop for the fun of it.
The last thing a pig should eat is garbage, since bacteria and viruses can cause the pig to get sick, and this is how many deadly diseases spread on farms.
But it is possible to raise pigs on an organic level, or by simply keeping their living quarters as clean as any other animal.
Pigs are actually smart, clean animals, and they tend to have personalities. Once more people see those qualities in pigs, they'll be more likely to treat them as any other farm animal.
Pigs will actually separate their restroom area from their eating quarters, but they do tend to defecate in their bathing water for this reason.
Despite domestication, pigs rely on the natural instinct of relieving themselves in areas where it can be washed away, not only for sanitary purposes, but to keep predators at bay. Besides the scent of live birth, predators can most often detect prey through the smell of urine. When a pig relieves itself in the bathing area, this is only natural, because it assumes the water will wash any waste away.
Because of this, keeping your pig farm clean requires vigilance if you have designated water areas.
And when it comes to the ground, it may vary on what your pig will need. If you are raising any kind of pig, you'll want to have mud of some kind. Pigs roll around in the mud in order to protect their skin against the sun, especially ones with light skin.
But pigs do best in wide open landscapes. If your land permits it, allow them to roam free where they are free to forage.
Pig Diet Tips
Before you feed your pig anything, it is always best to check with your local vet for any diet changes.
You can also make them a special diet of table scraps like left over orange peels, bananas, vegetable matter, etc. These items also make good compost heap for your plants, especially banana peels.
But if you're going for an organic route, then give them raw fruits and vegetables.
One reason why factory farmers don't feed raw food to pigs is because they will lose weight, which is another important tip to keep in mind if you are trying to shed some pounds.
Pigs do eat frequently, but raw food will keep them lean and healthy, elongating their life span.
Foods should generally be high in protein and less in fiber.
And even though corn feed is a primary source of pig consumption, they should have low cellulose levels in their diet. If you are trying to fatten up your pig, try giving them meats.
You can find any sort of pig feed at your local farmer's market or supply store, but making your own feed can be just as gratifying.
Keep a lookout for my next article on how to best make the best pig feed.