Who all raises pigs ?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Strummer, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got our first two . They are Durocs . 8 weeks old . I'm feeding a fermented feed and a pig food that a local feed mill makes . Plan to grow them out and eating one of them .
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hey, Strummer. I am a novice pig raiser myself. Figured that chickens provide us with meat and eggs, a local lake gives us fish. We hunt doves, quail, rabbits, turkey, and deer which give us meat...what was missing?? Oh yeah! Bacon and ham. So a couple years ago built a pig pen and a hut and bought a couple pigs from Craigslist. Such a great decision! Grew them up and processed them ourselves. Best ham and bacon I ever had. Plus all kinds of sausage, roasts, Boston butts for smoking, chops, etc. Loved it so much I did it again this year (I like to get them in fall and raise them through the winter to process in the spring...don't want to deal with them in the heat). Made the mistake this year of raising 4. This time I dcided to raise 2 lard pigs (GOS) along with two meat pigs (Spot X). Made soap out of the excess lard...it is awesome stuff. But it was just too much work and too much meat. Easy to give away, though! So this year it's back to two...that works best for me. Thinking of a Berk and another GOS. Perhaps a Hereford instead of a Berk. We'll see. Anyway, good to chat with another small operator like me who is into pigs! Good luck to you!
     
  3. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do all my own butchering and processing myself . I lucky my dad was a butcher . I make my own sausage and bacon . Haven't done ham yet but plan on it . I plan to render the fat for lard . People around here will lay 8 bucks a quart for it . I have chickens too and just finished my rabbit hutch and need to wire my quail hutch . In the next two weeks I should be ready for them . I also have 13 bee hives
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Bee....that is something I'd like to get into. Still much to learn before I undertake that.
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    How do you market your lard? What do people use it for? I'd love to be able to sell some around here!
     
  6. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    I have no idea how to market lard, but it is used as shortening. Lard makes the best pie crusts, bar none!!
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree about the pie crusts. Yum! And the best biscuits! But what I meant was how did you determine there was a need and a market? I've searched Craigslist in my area and even expanded into large cities in surrounding states but couldn't find any listing of people selling or wanting to buy rendered lard.
     
  8. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The guy I got my pigs from found the lady . Not sure how he found her . I do know she has a bakery shop
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Maybe I'll toss out a feeler on Craigslist in my area and see if I get any bites. Nothing ventured, right? Thanks, Strummer. :)
     
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  10. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heck yeah can't hurt to try . Could also try the farmers market ?
     

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