This post is for the new pig farmers, potential pig farmers and the uninitiated…..
Its important to understand the common terms pig farmers use to describe different categories of pigs and situations.
some of the terms can be interpreted differently by people but this post will give you a big clue
refers to young pigs that have just been weaned(stopped suckling) from their mothers, they age between 4-8 weeks and typically weigh from 7-15kg.
This refers to young pigs above 15kg weight and up to 45kg weight.
The definition becomes loose as the Pig becomes bigger and is usually at the discretion of the farmer.
this refers to a male or female pig that is either sexually mature or about to be sexually mature.
The “about-to” being time defined is open to different interpretations from farmer to farmer.
it means an undernourished slow growing Pig.
Palm Kernel Cake. It’s a common type of pig feed in Nigeria. It’s a byproduct of palm kernel oil processing.
the process where a female pig gives birth to piglets
This refers to a pig derived from parents of the same breed without any dilution/enhancement/crossing from outside its lineage.
A female pig prior to her first litter.
A female pig after her first litter.
A male pig with intact testicles.
this refers to any male pig with testicles removed by the farmer
I think i have done justice to this post… will add more terms as they crop up. Feel free to add yours in the comments.