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Eating Potbelly pigs?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by NewHopePoultry, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    Me and my husband have been talking about getting a pig to raise for meat. We've both had pigs/hogs in the past. Our local craigslist is full of potbelly pigs for around $15 for babies.
    I know they are primary raised for pets.

    Can they be raised for meat?
    Are they good eating?
     
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  2. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

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    my cousin raised one and ate it, he said it was delicious... Idk if I would
     
  3. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that it has a lot of flavor though I've never tried it my self...
     
  4. ugly ducky

    ugly ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just butchered two weighing a total of 400 lbs. BIG Potbellies! There is an enormous amount of fat on them. We ground them for sausage, kept the ribs, and made our own bacon from them. The meat is fine, but if I was going to feed out a pig to butcher, I would make it a feeder pig, not a Potbelly. We only did it because my DH got them for next to nothing, so we had no real investment in them. If I had fed them out, I'd have been very disappointed. The dress out percentage is very low.
     
  5. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    Ive heard they are full of fat.
    Theres some 8 week old babies for $15 locally.
    I havent been able to find feeder pigs arpund me for a decent price.
     
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    Sword Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    thanks for the link!
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    There are a huge number of people who raise them for meat. They call them Asian Heritage Hogs as it is less upsetting to the pet crowd.

    If you raise them for meat, control the diet because they will put on a lot of fat if they get too much of the wrong food to eat. With correct diet, they are good for meat and rumored to be delicious.
     
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  9. edc040693

    edc040693 New Egg

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    They are PETS that's disgusting. Do you eat your dog BC you can't afford a cow?
     
  10. CarriesPeeps

    CarriesPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Actually dog meat can be quite good too! Having eaten many things people in the US consider pets, I have to say that I prefer my meat humanely raised and butchered rather than worry that someone considers it a "pet" type animal.
     
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