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Raising pigs
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tim in pa    Posted 09-07-2004 at 13:21:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have land that i need to put to use. been thinking of a cash crop. a frien who used to raise 10 pigs a year said he can't afford to buy the feeders at auction anymore cause they cost $80 to $90. and of cousrse after feeding them for 8 months you won't realize much profit for all the trouble. my thought is, raise the feeders! what do you experts think. can a person who knows nothing about pigs (have chikens), but willing to learn, breed pigs for the feeders for profit? any constructive criticism greatly appreciated. thank you.

KatG    Posted 09-07-2004 at 20:03:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think this coming year we are going to raise a couple of pigs to send to the butcher shope...We bought one this year and they just charge us x amount of money for the dressed weight,,,carried to the butcher shop for us and believe it was only $235....the pig was about 200 pounds dressed...the the butcher shop did the killing...packaging..smoking...etc for $108...Altogether figured out that the pork cost us about $1.69 a pound...way better deal that you get in stores around here and lot better quality of meat...KAtG

Old Coot    Posted 09-07-2004 at 15:42:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well i raise hogs and you can make some money on them but not a killer profit by any means unless you top out the market. I do what you talk of i have about 40 sows and gilts and i raise them to around 45 pounds and they go to the sale barn with them. I do alright with them then again i have no high tech opertation. Just an old barn with farrowing pens built in it no crates just pens. i lose a few more piglets then the big guys but the sows give me plenty. In the summer and spring i let them farrow on pasture. I raise them all the old fashion ways. For feed i just grind shelled corn hog protein and alfalfa in my John Deere 400 grinder and they do fine. They dont need any high priced commerical feed. They are very tough and rugged hogs and you can tell they are stout and strong and will with stand any weather. They are real hogs. My feeders actually fetch more at a sale barn then any big time farmers hogs because mine are "Outdoor Pigs"...I dont make a killing but i do alright. I would say go for it. But i would have at least 10 sows or gilts or else it wouldnt be worth the time. And if your herd is that small i would think about using A.I. instead of paying to feed a boar.

Good Luck and happy farming
Old Coot

John    Posted 09-07-2004 at 14:34:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suggest you learn more about it before you give it a try. Your friend seems to be off the mark with his comments, so it's good you are looking elsewhere for answers. You know you are going to have to put quite a bit of money into the operation before you can expect to get any back. Do you have buildings for raising pigs? Do you have fences that will hold pigs? Do you have feeders and feed? Can't just buy a male and a female hog, turn them loose and expect anything good to come of it. However, that is about how bad it is with a lot of people who start some sort of farm operation.

Ron/PA    Posted 09-07-2004 at 13:33:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Tim, I'm not sure what area of PA, you're in but your neighbor seems to be paying too much for his stock. We're still buying 30 pounders for $35.00 and we're raising ours out to market weight in 6 months.
Now that I've told ya all the stuff ya didn't ask (GRIN) I really think it's a fair time to raise a few litters. I've thought about it myself, but a few years ago I swore off wintering pigs. The market's up, and as this link will show you, there's very few litters being sold at market right now. Breeding is a little more difficult than just raising a few out for butcher, but thankfully you have an excellent resource in your own back yard. Penn State and the co-operative extension program have some of the best people in the country on staff and they're already paid for so use 'em.
I hope that you can find a fairly local auction on this site, some locations with 2 sales per week only sell hogs one day.
Lemme know if I can be of any help, even though I don't know much.

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