This is how I started......Moormans 272 in self feeder until Nov 10, then I changed to 277 Dec.1. Dec 15 I took them off the self feeder and started hand feeding. That was at weights of Duroc 197 and Hamp 179. It was working to slow the Duroc and the Hamp. The duroc had slowed from her usual 2.2 lbs a day to 1lb a day. The Hamp slowed from about 1.8lbs a day to 1lb a day. When I took them off the self feeder, I was hand feeding the duroc 2lbs of oats,2lbs of 277 and the hamp 4 lbs of 277. That was working for a while. Jan. 1 I added one big scoop twice a day of Natural Stride. Then the guy from the feed store came by and looked at the pigs....Jan. 3 and told me I needed to add beet pulp or full tank for some expansion in the ribs. He told me the Duroc needed more butt and the hamp looked great just needed more expansion in the ribs too. So I added beet pulp (cheaper than full tank) to the food at a rate of one lb twice a day to both pigs. I weighed on Jan 1, and they weighed duroc 237 and 200. Then Jan 6 I weighed again because they looked like they blew up, and they weighed 250 and 212. So, I thought maybe I am feeding too much so I weighed what I was feeding and it weighed 5lbs for the duroc and 4.5 lbs for the hamp......I was giving this twice a day. No wonder they started gaining again....I guess it takes awhile after you take them off the self feeder before they start to gain again. I don't know. This is what i have done as of yesterday. I went to TSC and got a milk replacement that is 24% fat,23%protein. Much cheaper, too...$34 versus $66 a bag sup-rr-oink. Same stuff pretty much, looked like to me anyway. I have stopped the paylean(only gave it for 2 whole days) dropped the food to Duroc : half a lb of 277, half a lb of oats, half a lb of beet pulp, 1 scoop of natural stride, and 1/2 lb of milk replcment(fat). Hamp gets 1lb of 277, no oats, 1/2 lb beet pulp, 1 scoop natural stride and 1 lb of milk replacement (fat) both pigs get this amount now twice a day. The hamp is stiff or something, when she walks she kicks her back legs out a little and then when she stops and puts her head down her back left leg does this little dance sometimes, like a little circle and then she puts it back down. I have been walking her more, she gets about an hour a day. I will see what happens feeding them like this....I guess I am trying to add a little fat now so I can paylean the fool outta them 10-20 days prior to show.
At least that is what more than one person has told me . I personally think they look great right now. We showed in a Jackpot show Dec 13th and both the pigs got 2nd. I do agree that the duroc needs more butt. I am more worried about the hamps leg now. I think I am too involved in these pigs....my husband calls me the pig whisperer. HA! I never showed pigs when I was a kid, just heifers. I have been trying to talk my daughter into that but now I have learned so much about pigs over the last 2 years that I hope she stays with the pigs, I don't know if I can afford both. Anyway all the help that I have gotten from this board is GREAT!!! Thank you soooooo much. I think I am addicted to pig! This is fun. My daughter has really enjoyed reading what yall write. Such a learning experience this all is.