A diet fit for a pig: seven basic rules


When a pig is fed a proper diet there are benefits to the pig in terms of its health and well being; and for the business manager there are benefits in feed use efficiency, good pig growth rates and better profitability.

The basic principles of pig nutrition have been simplified to 7 basic rules.

Topics include:

  • outdoor pigs need more than just pasture to survive
  • cereal grains must be processed
  • one diet does not suit all pigs
  • feed a balanced ration
  • water should be available at all times and readily accessible for all age groups
  • do not feed prohibited substances (swill) to pigs
  • check for hazardous substances in feed


Factsheet 1292 First Edition

Published: 01 Jun 2013