Forum

Start new topic
page 1/2 go to

feeding potatoes and sugar beet

shamus
by shamus
Hi,

I am new to this website and the joy's of pig keeping and look forward to showing and eating my pigs. I will have a supply of free potatoes and sugar beet soon. Could you please advise if there are any pitfalls in feeding this free food on a regular basis? How much of a mix with propriotry feed?

Regards, S.
last edited on
Billy Berridge
#1
by Billy Berridge
I'm no expert but, you shouldnt feed pigs raw potatoes as they contain too much starch making them too difficult to digest. With regards to suger beet, you need to be careful as suger beet can swell up to 8 times its size in the stomach if not prepaired properly. I've never fed my pigs on it but i'm sure you could if it was soaked well.

I'm told you can replace up to one third of their diet with vegtable supplement, although i would be hesitant doing this if they are weaners. Personally i would introduce it slowly, and wouldnt up the amount to one third untill they are a bit older and their digestive system is a bit stronger.

BB
jimcrow
#2
by jimcrow
Sugarbeet only effects Horse`s as you have discribed its 100% safe with other Animals

Jim crow
debbie
#3
by debbie
potatoes should be cooked and cooled before feeding - you will need somewhere outside to do this as obviously you can't do it in your kitchen. Sugar beat pellets does not need to be soaked apart from for horses as has been said. You can replace up to a third of feed with veg matter. You should not that the sugar beat will be lower in protein than standard feed and is usually only used to slow a pigs growth down or if you need to slim a pig down - our boar often has it for periods of time so if you are using it regularly your pigs will take longer to finish.
extreme freerange rare breeds berkshire pigs and pork; Smallholding and butchery/pig processing/sausage and bacon curing courses. http://www.hiddenvalleypigs.co.uk Authors of The Self Sufficiency bible - from window boxes to smallholdings by Simon Dawso
dixie
#4
by dixie
I knew that sugar beet pellets has to be soaked for horses but not for other animals, but never knew why? can someone explain to me please :
www.madaboutpigs.co.uk
Pel
#5
by Pel
There was a report shown on here a while ago, that if you feed lots of raw potatoes to make sure you bed your pigs down in barley straw, as the natural chemicals in that balance the toxins in pototoes. Did you mean sugar beet as a plant or when pelleted? You can feed either to pigs, but remember the plant is mainly water with a little nutrients.
Smallholding Sitting Service: Experience with pigs, cattle, sheep, dogs, snakes and more. www.smallholdingsittingservice.co.uk
panking pole
#6
by panking pole
debbie
#7
by debbie
its to do with horses stomaches. They are designed to be "trickle feeders" i.e. little and often and because of the shape of the stomache in a 16.h horse it would only swell to acomodate around 2.5 gallons, in addition because of its shape it can't burp and because of the "one way valve" type muscel at the top of the stomache it can't vomit you can see where the problem would be in giving a horse something that would swell in its gut so drastically which doesn't effect other animals.
extreme freerange rare breeds berkshire pigs and pork; Smallholding and butchery/pig processing/sausage and bacon curing courses. http://www.hiddenvalleypigs.co.uk Authors of The Self Sufficiency bible - from window boxes to smallholdings by Simon Dawso
dixie
#8
by dixie
thank you debbie, I always wondered why!
www.madaboutpigs.co.uk
fowgill farm
#9
by fowgill farm
i think you will find guys that Shamus is talking about raw sugar beet not the kind you get dried and bagged for nags.
Raw sugar beet we grow too for our pigs and we normally put a couple thro the turnip shredder for every meal time, its very sweet and they love it, we play it by ear and cut back their pig nuts by about 1lb a day. We also feed sugar beet whole as treats they love rolling them round and gnawing lumps off them.
As for potatoes we have pigs that will eat them and pigs that won't, again we stick them raw thro the shredder and feed as a supplementary food, we've found theres not much in them so don't cut back on the nuts. One of our older lady pigs prefers her potatoes mashed with butter cream and a touch of seasoning!!
HTh Shamus.
debbie
#10
by debbie
I think raw potatoes arevery hard for the pigs to digest hence having to cook them if you want any food value out of them - ours do like them raw but we tend to cook them to add the extra food value and I have to say in the winter, which is when we tend to use them, the pigs love the warm potatoes on a winters morning.
extreme freerange rare breeds berkshire pigs and pork; Smallholding and butchery/pig processing/sausage and bacon curing courses. http://www.hiddenvalleypigs.co.uk Authors of The Self Sufficiency bible - from window boxes to smallholdings by Simon Dawso
page 1/2 go to
To leave a response to the post you will need to be a registered user. Sign-up here or Login here
@rivercottage
  • RT @WinCanteen: JOBS GALORE! Fancy working with us? Check out our vacancies or visit us at our open day on Thursday. More info: http://t.co…
  • Coming later today on #foodtube - a foraging treat with @johnmushroom and @RiverCottageAus's Paul West. Don't miss! link
  • RT @RCHQEvents: We've just released tickets for New Year's Eve. We'd hate you to miss out! link link
  • RT @Rethink_: Exciting meeting with @rivercottage team to discuss ways cooking can help improve confidence. Watch this space! link
  • RT @DrinksTube: All next week we want YOU to inspire us with a #CocktailRequest. Jamie's here with everything you need to know https://t.co…
  • We have our first entry! MT @kishanpatel96: This is my rising star 2014 entry please check it out and vote, thanks!! link
  • RT @RCHQEvents: Up close and personal with our Nettle. link
  • RT @RCChefsSchool: Happy Friday! Create a cooking video this weekend and you could be our next star chef. How about a BBQ vid? link
  • Hi @alt_J we read your recent interview in @guardian - if you did want to literally read aloud from our books, we'd love to send you some!
  • RT @axcanteen: Have a lazy morning, leave the cooking to us and we'll whip you up a hearty breakfast link
  • WATCH: Meet @samjlomas, our winner from last year's #RisingStar comp. Thinking of entering? link link
  • RT @SoilAssociation: 'City of Fremantle in #Australia bans plastic bags and imposes fines of up to $2,500' via @Guardian link
  • RT @plymouthcanteen: We have a fab selection of fresh, locally sourced deli items - if you're enjoying a stroll around @royalwilliamyd pop …
  • Are you creating avoidable waste with your lunchtime sarnies? RT @wwwfoecouk Homemade sandwiches for lunch? link
  • @thepamthejam @pipcourtney All details can be found here: link Should be a fantastic day!
  • RT @jamieoliver: SO EXCITING! @DrinksTube's #CocktailRequest Week starts on Monday. Watch this vid & then send them some inspiration! http:…
  • Bottle up your raspberries for a little #summer goodness in winter. Learn with @thepamthejam link link
  • @_Hugh_Chapman we just gave you a shout out :o) Hope that helps!
  • Based in Cambridge? Can you help? RT @_Hugh_Chapman I'm looking for a landshare-type opportunity for organic veg growing near Cambridge ...
  • RT @WinCanteen: We are at the #Winchester Guildhall NOW until 5pm today... come on down and find out about jobs at our new canteen! http://…
  • Coming up later on #foodtube our @thepamthejam shows how to bottle raspberries with a little sloe gin #delicious #preserving @JamiesFoodTube
  • @_Hugh_Chapman Hello. I'm afraid there is no further funding for this project. Should the situation change, we will let you know. Sorry!
  • RT @RCHQEvents: Great photo blog from @LibertyLndnGirl about her visit to our farm. Check it out here: link
  • Let’ see them! RT @madamchebly: @rivercottage : I'm trying to persuade my son in law to enter but he's way too modest about his talents
  • RT @CityandGuildsPR: Do you have what it takes to be the next Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? Apply to be @rivercottage's #RisingStar 2014 - h…
  • We're delivering 1920 bottles of our fine EPA beer to @ocado tomorrow - exciting!
  • RT @RCHQEvents: Got your tickets yet for Hugh's Late Summer Party? We'll be launching a new book + hosting the Rising Star final: http://t.…
  • RT @samjlomas: River Cottage Rising Star 2014 is open again! link @CityandGuildsAC @Springboard_UK @Seachangeagency
  • RT @veeeenr: Foodtube fun & sneak peak into the life of an apprentice at amazing @rivercottage with my little duck @freyjaceleste http://t.…
  • RT @DavinaLovegreen: @rivercottage This is brilliant. I started as a YTS..Now I have my own company. Producing all meat from own farm,makin…
  • @GBPoultry yup!
  • RT @TheFlexitarian: Intermarché fights #foodwaste “Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables” ugly made beautiful link link
  • Could you impress the judges + be the face of Rising Star? There's only one way to find out... link link
  • RT @CampBestival: Feast Collective addition! @rivercottage head chef & @JamiesFoodTube presenter @GillMeller! link http:/…
  • RT @RCChefsSchool: Was it @samjlomas's great tshirt, two week dish or chargrilled pizza that won him the #RisingStar champion title? http:/…
  • Rising Star is back - could you be the face of our apprenticeship scheme, moving into it's second year? link
  • Three words: Apricot daiquiri cocktail. Learn how to make it here! https://t.co/y2yQzN4kyB @DrinksTube -you will love this! @JamiesFoodTube
  • RT @JamiesFoodTube: Want to be part of the @rivercottage family? Apply for their Young Chefs' Apprenticeship Scheme. link
  • Last year's winner says: MT @samjlomas: #risingstar if you love what @RCHQEvents is about then you've got to enter the competition!
  • RT @freyjaceleste: ROLL UP ROLL UP, #risingstar2014 hopefuls, get filming link 🎥 it'll be the best decision of your life!…
  • RT @freyjaceleste: Strewth, it's that time again! I'm going to have to start planning my next @rivercottage #risingstar video to relive the…
  • RT @FareShareCymru: Two days left to vote for us to win Best #Environment Project in the #NLAwards @rivercottage link htt…
  • Rising Star is back! We are looking for the UK’s most ambitious + inspiring young chef! Do you have what it takes? link
  • RT @RCHQGardens: Lovely crop of onions this year, drying in the sun. #growyourown #RCsummer link
  • Join Sir David Attenborough & take part in the Big #ButterflyCount. Let's make 2014 the biggest count ever! link
  • What are you having for lunch? Wish it was this Cider poached mackerel? NEW video from #foodtube link @JamiesFoodTube
  • Check out Hugh rustling up Pollock ceviche with Paul West + @lambposts @JamiesFoodTube link link
  • Now on @4seven - it's River Cottage Veg. Tune in and be inspired, then come and take part on our Veg Cookery course! link
  • RT @SoilAssociation: '#Organic is different' - @rivercottage's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's take on the @UniofNewcastle #organicstudy http…
  • RT @WinCanteen: WANTED: talented, hardworking people to join our new team. Find out more at our @WInchesterCity Guildhall open days: http:…
Login or Sign-up

Login & Sign-up

Forgotten your password? Retrieve it here
Or connect via Facebook
Connect with Facebook
Join River Cottage
Close
Shopping basket: 0 items £0.00