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Pigs again. Hampshire vs Blue Butt

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by LoneCowboy, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    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?
     
  2. 2 Beauts

    2 Beauts Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    yep. That's where I found the pigs
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    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.

    Thanks,
    Henry
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    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.
     
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Awsome hope you like them the pork from tamworths are supposed to taste really good [​IMG]
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.
     
  10. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    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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