Originally Posted by jirod
I've read a blog before from a guy who pasture raises hogs (thought about doing it myself). He says their primary diet (90% or so) is pasture/hay. The rest is dairy (whey/milk/cheese), and some fruits like apples and vegetables (they grow pumpkins a lot). Supposedly the whey and other dairy products help with some acids they don't get on pasture compared to commercial feeds.
I've never raised hogs, so I have no idea the validity of this. But supposedly the apples and veggies and whey help them gain weight faster and would almost certainly help with flavor. Not sure what you have available around you or what is safe for hogs.
I would have to see this 90% diet of grass? Hogs are rooters and scavengers not grasiers.This is the problem in the lower USA with wild hogs ruining farm and forest land.They will tear up the land and soil to get at roots.As for the diary products fruits and veggies not much differant then the old farms making hog slop just add some corn and other grain to the mix.
Some times the idea makes for a great selling tool like free range chickens.As long as the chicken can leave the chicken coop only has to be 1 foot they are considered free range.Grass fed beef ...OLD Tough and Stringy add some grain to their diet marbled beef, younger and tender meat.
Just my way of thinking....