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Cindi    Posted 04-09-2004 at 04:58:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
...about a hundred and twenty pounds who has found a way out of the fence. Every morning she's standing in the front yard. Not only has she found her way out, but she can find her way back in at feeding time and try as I might I can't figure out how she's doing it, so she just goes back and forth at her own whim.

Yesterday Fred announced that we were going to eat her, because she is just too dang much trouble. I assumed her was serious so when he said that, I admitted that I almost had Jake shoot her and clean her the pother day, and he gasped in horror.


It's only a matter of time before she finds the hen nests scattered around and starts eating eggs, (Some of the hens lay in nests on the ground) or gets into feed in the shed, or worse yet takes off down the dirt road and ends up in someone else's yard or in the highway.

Once a pig, or dog for that matter, finds a way out of a fence, that's it, they will always get out and eventually she will teach the others how to get out, and the easiest thing for me to think to do is to eat her. He says I'm callous and too quick to want to kill, just like with Low Rider. I think it's common sense. Besides, we don't have any pork in the freezer and she's not the best looking gilt in the world, and I am real tempted to just do it anyway. If it was left up to him we would never have any domestic pork. We haven't butchered a domestic hog since 2000. We only get to eat wild, and I'm about ready to pull rank on him. I'm tired of buying pork chops.

KellyGa    Posted 04-09-2004 at 19:49:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I say...if your gonna raise pigs for meat, raise em for meat. If your gonna raise em for pets, then do that. Me, I am too soft hearted. Plus, Ian says by the time we finish feeding the animals, it's cheaper to go buy the meat from the store. LOL!

EngineerJoyce    Posted 04-09-2004 at 08:34:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What's the matter with yoour hubby? Didn't grow up on a farm?

Everything produces something - sometimes it's offspring, otherwise it's FOOD.

I had a pet steer we called Silver. He would run up to me in a 100 acre field just to be petted. I could slap him on the shoulder and his rump would shake. ...Best steaks I ever ate...MMM-mmmm!

Cindi    Posted 04-09-2004 at 09:11:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know! he's gotten real mushy here lately. It drives me nuts!

john    Posted 04-09-2004 at 05:33:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey I don't even want to tell anyone what to do about fence,been doing that for 50 years..LOL.but we use Bull panel here,13 line,with metal posts every 6-8 feet,haven't had a pig ever get out from that's more expensive but it lasts forever..and if ya bury about 1foot in teh grond it's even more sturdier...ask Wally, who is a 700lb duroc,even her can't get to the tater patch on the other side....just a suggestion is all...:)

Cindi    Posted 04-09-2004 at 05:40:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We didn't plan on raising pigs when we first moved here so we fenced everything off with goat fencing. Then when the pigs came along we added a strand of electric acorss the bottom which has worked very well for everything except the piglets, they can go under it, but that's never been a problem. This pig is the first bigger one to find a way out. We have about eight acres fenced off for this purpose and no way to be able to buy that many cattle panels.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-09-2004 at 05:16:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's room in our freezer.

Bought beef liver a couple weeks ago. Only because we were out.

Other than that, there's a good bit of Buster(bull), and a little of Igor(SH steer) and Mr Bones (Hol steer) in three freezers.

We butcher what wont bring good price, unmarketable, no demand for. Shootingand eating don't bother me. Yumm.

Cindi    Posted 04-09-2004 at 05:21:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is starting to become a real bone of contention between us. He won't cull anything, and that's a sure death to a farm, feeding animals that don't produce, and I am starting to feel ghoulish but dang. We have two sows that haven't had a litter in two years, do you think he'll have them processed? Nope. Jennifer Lopez is one of them. She weighs about six hundred pounds, and now she looks like she might be going lame. He won't have her put down because she's a registered duroc. But if she's not throwing any piglets, what good is she?

Exactly...Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-09-2004 at 05:42:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tend to get close to orphans. But, in a way that's alright. I want the cattle in I call upon a so called pet Sally, Molly (sold), and latest Grace and Rose. Purchased and brought into the fold Pearl, she's so sweet should have been named Sugar.
Our female names are generally indicate a Maternal bloodline, as would the cases be with Grace and Rose.
Culled two old sweethearts two weels ago. Brought $.44 & .445/#. Hay is Hay and when it's coming up short towards Spring?

EngineerJoyce    Posted 04-09-2004 at 11:32:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We sent off two old culls this week - $0.41 & $0.45. $700 for the pair, one limping and the other skeleton-like. I also don't mind if they "produce" income!

Stormie    Posted 04-09-2004 at 05:01:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a plan to me.

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