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Oct 6 / Michael

Pigs to the Butcher

The last time we had pigs was in 2012.  We never got around to getting pigs for last year and we were really missing our pork and especially the ham and bacon.  We started two pigs in the spring, a Landrake-Yorkshire cross (our pink pig, we called him “cookie”) and a Duroc-Hampshire cross (our belted pig, we called him “oreo”).

Pigs

Piglets adjusting to their new home.

Pigs
Pigs

We took the advice of our breeder and were using an 18% protein feed from the local feed store.  We also were very sure to give the pigs a happy space to wallow, space for a dust bath and plenty of room to root around.  These were definitely happy pigs.

Pigs and Elsa

Elsa was very curious about the new additions.

Pigs

The pigs were growing well. By keeping the pigs happy and well fed and watered, we make sure there were no breakouts, like there were in the past.

Pigs

Pigs

Pigs

When it comes to moving pigs to the butcher, preparation is a must.  Last year we weren’t on top of things and it took quite a long time to load the pigs the morning we took them in.  This year, we parked the trailer in their area for the week leading up to the date and fed them on the trailer so they’d get completely used to it.

Loading pigs

Loading pigs

The morning of transport, we used a little bit of leftover cornbread to lure them onto the trailer with no trouble at all.

Loading pigs

Loading pigs

Loading pigs

All loaded up and ready to go.

We were at the butcher in about 15 minutes, probably a new record for us. These two pigs also grew pretty well, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing how much they weight out at.

Waiting at butcher with pigs

Waiting our turn to unload.

Here are some pig movies, enjoy!

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