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Well I made the decission, Gonna get out of the pig business
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kraig WY    Posted 06-12-2002 at 07:51:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have to haul feed about 100 miles each way. FIL, lives in Indiana, tells me lot of farmers planting soybeans instead of corn cause of late planting, so feed gonna go higher. What little bit of corn I planted is pretty much burned do to the lack of rain. Markets too far away, and last load bearly paid for the gas. Then to top it off two of my horses got colic after getting into the pig feed, one died but the vet saved the other. Gonna stick to cows. At least its a more respectable way to loose money.

Jerry S    Posted 06-13-2002 at 10:33:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good decision. I hear the price of hogs will keep going down especially in the last 3 months of the year. There are more hogs than we will need and it will take prices near $20 then according to the Brownfield network.

Ray    Posted 06-12-2002 at 15:58:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only way feed would go higher is if the large
corporations owned it all.Farmers have to sell
their grain for whatever they are offered,it's
a wonder it's this high.Farmworld reports 10000
acres in southern Indiana goes unplanted due to
rain,and that doesn't make any difference.Besides
Cargill is importing corn and soybeans.

Hal/WA    Posted 06-12-2002 at 12:59:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to raise a few hogs, just for meat for my extended family. But I quit because I found that I could buy the pork and cured meats for way less in the supermarket than I could paying for feed and having to pay for the processing of the hogs. It's just not worth it. I did like knowing what the hogs had been fed though.

Sad but true, it is really hard to come out financially on most farming activities these days.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-12-2002 at 11:56:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, our neighbor is selling off most of his horses for money reasons. There was a time - but this ain't it! Last winter he bought and hauled in over $6000 in hay. Good thing he has a day job.

and my cousin just finished 40 years in dairy,
sold the herd & equipment and sold half the farm to city hunters to lower the longterm debts - he'll get by but the boys will have to get town jobs. Farming profit is getting a little scarce.....

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 06-12-2002 at 11:03:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yup, I agree with you on repectable ways to loose money. If you want to get REAL respectable try runnin' about 210 of them mama cows. But I'd rather be a cowboy than a pigboy any day, any time.

WallSal55    Posted 06-12-2002 at 09:59:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Smart Move. We saw a change coming in the market
for pigs. My FIL and I both told my husband not
to raise hogs that season. He took the gamble.
We lost $5,000. Most of that expense was in feed. Needless to say, he won't raise hogs anymore, and I know what the word forgive means.

Scott Hansen    Posted 06-12-2002 at 10:25:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do you go about making that decision, and how easy is it to just switch over? And what do you switch to? Cattle?

kraig WY    Posted 06-12-2002 at 11:14:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bought some heifers, rented a pasture (whole lot cheeper then buying feed). Also since I'm getting old and lazy I can use horses to move cows instead of chasing pigs around circles. I can put up some hay and buy the rest cheeper the pig feed. Difference of $.95 per lb. for steers and .$29 for butcher pigs.

Scott Hansen    Posted 06-12-2002 at 11:43:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OK. Now for the zinger. Why is piggie meat so cheap???

jal-SD    Posted 06-12-2002 at 13:00:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Waaaaay too many like Smithfield out there that grow them in 100,000 batches & then process them in their own plants or other LARGE producers that contract w/Smithfield or IBP. (My $0.02 worth. jal-SD)

bob    Posted 06-12-2002 at 14:49:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Smithfield can lose money untill they have froze everyone out and then watch the price go up. they lowered price farmer got tired working for nothing quit and big guys stepped in with confinement buildings snd now they are going under because can,t get price they used to. packer will raise slaughter and process them all and control price All a planned system AND WE WATCHED IT HAPPEN . Goodbye family farmer. Don,t like but such is life

Les...fortunate    Posted 06-12-2002 at 09:51:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't blame you a bit, Kraig. We gave up on sheep years ago because the only way you could be sure they wouldn't get picked off by the coyotes and bears was to keep 'em right under the porch.
When I was a kid, it used to be only the occasional bear that would develop a taste for mutton. Then about 30 or 40 years ago, the coyotes moved in and drove us right out of the business. Different reason as yours but same results.

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