Department of Animal Husbandry
Some pod: producers in South Dakota practice the turning of their pigs in the cornfield during the late summer and early fall to pick their own feed instead of gathering the corn and hauling it to them. The practice is a good one because it saves much labor. Pigs do well under these conditions, probably because they secure more of a variety of forage with their corn than they would receive in a dry lot or even on a good pasture. By this practice they are required to take exercise which is also a benefit to the growing pig. In this connection we believe there would be less disease and ailments of different kinds if more exercise were required of the pig. We further believe that if the pig were required to take more exercise the body would be better developed and 'We would hear less complaint of breeds of hogs "running out.” The above picture shows that the pigs did a thorough piece of work. Even the kernels of corn were picked up, probably a cleaner job of picking than when the corn is picked by hand or with machinery. Before turning in the field we believe it a good practice to feed new corn cut from the field so that they may be brought to their new ration gradually. The number of pigs to put on an acre will depend on the condition of the corn. Because of the uncertainty of the weather in the late fall it is better to put on too many than not enough as a few will knock down the corn and eat part of the ears and make it difficult to husk. Then again the waste will be great under these conditions as there will be much shelled corn on the ground uneaten.
pigs, swine, feeding pigs, corn feed, pasture
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Wilson, J.W., "Rape Pasture for Pigs in Corn Field
Kaoliang and Alfalfa Hay for Pigs" (1914). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 157.