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Pigs again. Hampshire vs Blue Butt

post #1 of 21
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I finally located some feeder pigs.  They have Hampshire and blue butts.  Which is better for meat?  Which is calmer?

Can't find a 55 gal drum for a feed and water, any other ideas?

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post #2 of 21

Did you already try Craigslist?  What about using a pre-fab ornamental fish pond?

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post #3 of 21
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yep.  That's where I found the pigs

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post #4 of 21

I am getting 2 tamworths next month. Around here people are using those big rubber feed bowls and nipple waterers for pigs when they are raising on a couple.

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post #5 of 21

You going to breed them MissP ? I love pigs and when I get my own place after I am done school I want to get a sow or two bred of a heritage breed and raise the pigs up for meat.

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Henry

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post #6 of 21

These will be barrows (castrated males)  to see if we like this breed. I am raising them for meat. I hope to feed them out and be ready for butcher by Late November. If I take a liking to them we will be getting a sow from the couple who raised these and they offered to help us with a male from another blood line to make sure we get good breeding stock.

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post #7 of 21

I grew out a blue butt barrow.  He was real nice.  Got lots of meat without a lot of fat. The barrow grew faster and I think he carried more fat the the Hampshire gilt.  The gilt seemed to be more lean.  I didn't have any problems with them.  They were real easy to handle.   But I would like to grow out some Durocs.
     If I had to pick between the two, I would get two blue butt gilts.
     I used a large rubber tub for feed.  They have lasted a long time.  For water I used the flat sided plastic buckets double snaped to the hog panels.

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post #8 of 21

Awsome hope you like them the pork from tamworths are supposed to taste really good big_smile

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post #9 of 21

Check freecycle too. I have seen the big rubber feeds for free around here too. I found mine on Craig's list = the big 2.5 gallon rubber ones for under $5 and that was for 4 of them.

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post #10 of 21
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Cool, you guys are an awesome wealth of knowledge.   Do they knock the rubber feed buckets around?   Oh, here's another question.  Mash or dry food?

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