July1 , 2022

How to Farm Pigs – Housing



How to Farm Pigs – Housing

Selection of housing locations


The site should be at an elevated place that cannot be flooded by rain water.


The site should be protected from the sun (shade from trees) and have ample fresh air.

Away from residences (around 8-10 meter away downwind).

In case of a large-scale pig farm, the site selected needs also to be: well connected to roads throughout the year,

Suitable for manure disposal, connected to reliable water and electricity sources.

Construction plan for good pig housing

The important points about the pig house are as follows:

The floor of the house must be 3 x 3 m.

The floor of the house must be raised about 60 cm above the ground.

The floor boards should have spaces of 2 cm between them.

The roof must be rain-proof.

The high side of the roof should face in a direction where some sun can shine a little way into the house on this side: but there must always be shade in some part of the house.

The house must be strongly built.

A pigsty can be constructed cheaply by using locally available materials. It needs to be constructed according to climatic conditions and according to the pig production system.

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The pigsty should be comfortable for the pigs: good ventilation and ample shade, no overheating, no smells, no draft and no dampness.

The building should be constructed with its length axis in an East-West direction (protected from sun and rain).

The pig building needs to be divided into different pens for each phase of the production cycle. The number and the size of the pens depend on the expected numbers of pigs to be housed in each production phase.

The costs of constructing the pigsty should fit the pig production systems. An efficient pig production is required to cover high construction costs.

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