Keeping Pig full while holding

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Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by HampnBerk » Mon May 10, 2021 4:56 pm

Hello!
I have 2 pigs that I need to hold for fair. Good news is that I have 56 days till fair, so I have some time still to make adjustments. Here's the breakdown of what's going on:
Max is 280lbs (they haven't announced it for sure though, so I'm shooting for under that just in case they lower it this year)
Pig 1:
210 lbs - ADG 2.1lbs
Pig 2:
200 lbs - ADG 1.9lbs
If they keep gaining this, they will be way over.

Their gains 2 weeks ago were about 1.4 ADG, and they were on .5lb depth charge, 3lb powerfill, and 3lb show feed. Problem is that they both got scours and went off feed for a day. They would only eat slopped plain showfeed, so that's what I gave them. I assumed they were loosing weight because they weren't cleaning up and were scouring like crazy, but then I weighed them and their ADG went through the roof (face palm)

I've been advised to put them on 3lbs powerfill, but I would hate to see them be hungry... any suggestions on how to fill them up, but keep weight gain down? And hopefully not mess up their stomachs any more than they already are!
Thanks!

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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by pigboy8 » Tue May 11, 2021 8:46 am

Gut bomb. It does its work in the flank and the pigs love it.

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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by kgb » Wed May 12, 2021 12:31 pm

Why are you feeding 7 1/2 lb per day? Powerfill is a complete feed when fed at 3 lb per day. You don’t need anything else.

3 lb/day Powerfill = 1.0 lb daily gain

2 lb Powerfill
2 lb Showpig Feed. = 1.5 lb dainty gain
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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by pigboy8 » Wed May 12, 2021 1:37 pm

Watch out when you only feed 3 pounds a day you will loose body no matter what the product description says. Particularly flank. Warning on power fuel it is a 26% protein and when you get that high it will cause them to get "tight" in their movement and in their muscle pattern. 50 days is a long time be careful what you feed.
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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by kgb » Wed May 19, 2021 8:54 am

That simply is not true if you add Depth Charge to the pig's diet.
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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by pigboy8 » Wed May 19, 2021 9:58 am

Depth charge will keep the pig full, but it will not keep lower body and flank. It does expand, but it does so very quickly so it will only partially do the job. You will loose flank and rib if you do not use a top dress that is capable expanding in flank or a full amount of feed.

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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by kgb » Wed May 19, 2021 12:23 pm

Ok, Ultra Full will do that. It just a matter of feeding the right High Octane supplements in the right amounts for what you are trying to do.
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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by pigboy8 » Wed May 19, 2021 1:40 pm

I have had poor luck with ultra full. Good Luck

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Re: Keeping Pig full while holding

Post by pigboy8 » Wed May 19, 2021 1:44 pm

When it expands it turns into a powder. Causes it to loose its value. It will not provide the mass or take up enough space for it to truly affect the lower gut.

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