What Do Pigs Eat & Don’t Eat

What Do Pigs Eat

Can Pigs Eat Anything?

Pigs are often considered animals that will consume anything edible you put in front of them. However, this isn’t the case, especially in managed environments like pig production facilities.

In reality, pigs require a well-balanced diet tailored to their specific life stages—from growing pigs to lactating sows. At Hanseatic-Agri, we provide feeds designed to meet these varied nutritional needs without compromising the health of the pigs.


What Pigs Can’t Eat

Pig diets must be carefully managed to avoid certain foods that could harm their health. Below are some specifics:

Pigs Can’t Eat Onions

Onions contain substances harmful to pigs, potentially leading to digestive and respiratory issues. Whether served raw or cooked, onions are dangerous and should never be included in pig diets.

Pigs Shouldn’t Eat Raw Meat

Raw meat can introduce pathogens like the trichinosis worm to pigs and humans. Feeding pigs raw meat also risks promoting aggressive behavior, which can be a concern in pig production settings.

Pigs Shouldn’t Eat Raw Eggs

While pigs can process eggs, an excellent protein source, consuming raw eggs in significant quantities could lead to a biotin deficiency due to an enzyme that binds this vital nutrient.

Pigs Shouldn’t Eat Celery, Parsley, and Parsnips

Although they might appear harmless, these vegetables can cause photosensitization in pigs, especially breeds with lighter skin.

Pigs Can’t Eat Cherry Pits

Cherry pits contain cyanide, which can be fatal to pigs. Always ensure the fruit fed to pigs is free of pits and seeds.

Pigs Can’t Eat Moldy, Rancid, or Rotten Food

Despite their robust constitutions, pigs should not consume spoiled foods, which can carry toxins that cause serious health issues.

Pigs Can’t Eat Junk Food

The high salt and sugar content in junk food can lead to severe health problems, including salt poisoning and obesity. Pigs love treats, but these treats must be suitable for their diets.


What Is Poisonous to Pigs?

The natural environment of pigs can contain numerous natural toxins. Familiarizing oneself with these and ensuring pigs do not have access to such dangers is essential:

  • Bracken
  • Laburnum
  • Hemlock
  • Deadly nightshade
  • Cocklebur
  • Rhododendron
  • Foxglove
  • Ragwort
  • Ivy
  • Henbane
  • Jimsonweed


What Pigs Can Eat

Providing pigs with a variety of foods that are safe and nutritionally rich is key to successful pig farming:

Pigs Can Eat Non-Medicated, Organic, Non-GMO Pig Feed

Our feeds include essential nutrients derived from soybean meal, canola meal, and other grains, which are all important for a well-balanced diet in pig production.

Pigs Can Eat Apples and Bananas

These fruits are excellent sources of nutrients and are particularly favored treats among pigs. They should be prepared properly to avoid any hazards like choking on seeds.

Pigs Can Eat Meat

Cooked meat is safe for pigs’ diets, providing them with amino acids and proteins. However, to avoid health risks, it should always be cooked.

Pigs Can Eat Eggs

Eggs are a fantastic protein boost. They can be given to pigs, ideally cooked, to prevent nutrient-binding issues and maximize digestibility.

Pigs Can Eat Dairy Products

Dairy products can be an excellent source of nutrition, particularly for young pigs transitioning from mother’s milk. They mimic the high protein content they need.

Pigs Can Eat Tomatoes

Safe for consumption, tomatoes must be ripe and free from any part of the tomato plant which contains toxins. This ensures pigs benefit from the nutrients without risks.

At Hanseatic-Agri, we specialize in providing comprehensive solutions tailored to the needs of our clients in the pig industry, from pregnant sow nutrition to feeds for growing pigs and lactating sows. We ensure that our products contribute positively to the health and productivity of pigs, emphasizing the importance of solid food compositions based on thorough research and industry standards.