Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Free-Range Pork

Not worth the trouble.  At least not for sale.

After all the stress of keeping these pigs this year, I was clinging to the belief that at least the sale of them would pay the feed bills.  No such luck.  Our biggest pig butchered out at 100 lbs less than Checkers did last year and it was several months older.

They ate scraps and milk and everything growing in their paddocks.  They also ate exactly the same amount of feed that a feedlot pig would have.  So no money saved and whole lot lost with the small hanging weight.  I think the only reason Checkers was so big was because the last two months we had her it was cold and she spent most of her time snuggled up in her house.

So next year, we'll only be doing a pig or two for ourselves and the paddock size will be severely downgraded.  Lesson learned I guess.


  1. We didn't grow any this year.We bought one on the hoof from a friend.Didn't get near the pork we got from our own and the chops are pitiful!! Ours always had lots to eat out of the garden plus their hog grower.....and most of the time they didn't eat it.We'll be growing our own next year....won't make that mistake again!

  2. Just wanted to add to this that some years are better than others Limette,so don't be discouraged! We had a poor year compared to other years,I guess it's just the life of a farmer.

  3. I don't know if this will make a difference for you, but the first year we did pigs, they got lots of grower, plus some garden veggies.

    The next year, we cut back on the grower we fed them, increased the veggies and gave the pigs access to some pasture (overgrown, but....)

    We found if we gave them some grower only for the evening feed, then in the morning, they went out on pasture because they were hungry.

    I'm sorry it didn't work out for you guys this year, but don't be too discouraged.


  4. Same experience here. We've never recovered our costs on anything farm/food/crop/craft related. The system is geared to make us fail. I am hopeful my daughter's generation will be the change and will demand a strong local economy, where food production is valued again.

  5. I agree with the other posters. Don't be discouraged. It's getting harder and harder to make a buck. We made a profit on ours but that's when food was $9.40 for hog grower (last year in BC) but here it's more like $15-20. Plus we had friends donate their veggie garden scraps and we had a large garden and family so lots of peelings there too plus pasture. Of course we were getting $4 lb for cut and wrapped pork so that's more than here too. But you did get some great tasting pork for yourselves at least. Don't be too discouraged, it'll come together. humblebee-farm.blogspot.com

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