Show Pig Equipment

Show Pig Equipment: The Necessities

Before you buy your first show pig, you have to have a considerable amount of cash and space, as pigs require a lot of room and maintenance. You will need to do extensive research on the breed of pig you plan on growing. Different breeds have different needs and this can alter the types of show pig equipment you purchase.

At Pig Auctions, you can bid on show pigs for you to breed. Of course, we don’t want to leave our show pig breeders out in the cold, which is why we also provide resources and information to help you succeed. We understand that sorting through the necessary show pig equipment can be a chore, so let our experts explain a few of the essentials before you buy your show pig.

Show Pig Housing and Pens

One of the most important pieces of show pig equipment that you will need is a place for your hog to live. Show pig pens are one of the most popular choices as they take up little room. If you don’t have a lot of room, a small 8 feet by 16 feet pig pen will suffice, but you will need to let them out every day to exercise and gain muscle. The preferred size for a show pig pen is 50 feet by 50 feet, as this provides enough room for your pigs to play.

Additionally, as you get closer to the show date you should separate all you pigs so they don’t get hurt when playing together. A separate area for each pig will also allow you to feed them the right amount of food and ensure one is not getting more than their fair share.

Show Pig Feed and Watering Systems

Of course, in order to get your show pigs up to weight, you will have to give them the right show pig feed. They type of feed you give your prized hog will depend on a variety of factors including:

  • Breed
  • Environment
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Overall health

A good rule of thumb, however, is to start piglets off on a starter feed to help them gain weight quickly. Once they have reached 75 pounds or so, you can switch them over to a finisher feed. You should also weigh your pigs often to ensure they will reach the required weight for the show.

Don’t forget to get a watering system for your show pigs, either. There are many automatic watering systems available for decent prices. If you aren’t sure which water system to buy, check out our public forum to see what fellow breeders prefer.

Show Pig Grooming Equipment

As the show date gets closer, you should be sure to keep your show pig clean and properly groomed. You will need to brush your pig’s hair every day for at least a month prior to the show date. If you don’t, the hair could stand straight up, resulting in an unattractive show pig.

You should also bathe your show pig at least twice a week, one month prior to the show. This will allow you to check for ticks, lice, and skin disorders. It will also leave you with a clean show pig. Don’t forget to bathe your pig the day before the show.

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