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ADVICE IN BUYING TWO SMALL PIGS
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JAY    Posted 02-16-2004 at 07:39:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
NEED ANY AND ALL ADVICE ON THE PURCHASE AND CARING FOR TWO SMALL MALE PIGS TO RAISE AND SLAUGHTER FOR SELF USE...


Dorothy    Posted 06-08-2004 at 08:20:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you plan to eat them eventually, don't name them!


mike    Posted 02-16-2004 at 12:35:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to raise 3 pigs a year, butcher 2 and sell one to pay the bill at the slaughter house. While I enjoyed the little buggers, dollars and cents it just doesn't make sence. Going rate for 6 week old pigs is 35-40 dolars apiece. Or you can buy 250# kill pigs for 125-150$. The only consolation in raising your own is you control what they eat and more importantly what they don't eat. I'd like to do some more cuz I like em but won't delude myself into how much money I am saving


henrich Iowa    Posted 02-16-2004 at 09:50:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I will try to help you, I did at one time raise pigs and was involved a lot with the Iowa Pork Producers.
Where do you live? How large of an area do you have for them? Inside or outside? A hog feeder? How large are these pigs going to be when you get them?
They will need plenty of good clean water and feed present all of the time. A good clean and dry place for housing. If your using older facilities, use wood shavings or straw for bedding. Use the manure for your garden in 2005, not this year.
To be real honest with you, it is cheaper to buy the meat in the grocery store than raise it yourself and pay to have it butchered!
email me or I will check this site again. My father passed away and his funeral is Tuesday.


magpie    Posted 02-16-2004 at 10:16:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes that is very true is cheaper to buy it in the freindly neighborhood piggly wiggly. That goes for beef, poultry, as well as pork. Now on the other hand if you raise your own you will know where it came from as well as what has been fed. With all the factory farming giong on nowdays. I am a little afraid of the grocery store. Just because it has a good housekeeping stamp of approval, don't make it good.


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