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Old 03-20-2012, 04:12 PM   #11
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Seems like a lot of trouble and work. Do you have feral hogs in Oklahoma? Read this!

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=449721

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #12
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Seems like a lot of trouble and work. Do you have feral hogs in Oklahoma? Read this!

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=449721
Thanks for the info. I'm not sure about feral hogs. I know there are bobcats in the wood on my land tho. I'm very interested in getting one hog and giving it a shot. There will be two farmers my brother and I so Im assume the work wont be that back and or wallet breaking.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #13
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Great site/blog on pig farming (As well as a lot of other stuff)
Here's a link to his part of advice for raising pigs for meat
http://sugarmtnfarm.com/2005/08/keeping-a-pig-for-meat/

Pretty cool how he grazes them.
Thanks for the info
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #14
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My cousins raised all their own meat; pigs, cows, chickens, squab, etc. For the larger animals, they had someone come out to butcher them. I've also seen mobile butchers at the county fair who butcher the auctioned animals. BTW, thats also supposed to be a good way to buy a whole hog, etc, rather than raising one yourself. Some of the 4H people I know, said that they sell their pigs at the fair and then buy someone elses to eat themselves. This way they're not eating the pig they had come to know.

This site has some good information on butchering.

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:30 PM   #15
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How many acres do you have?

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Pigs are the #1 nastiest smelling animal on the farm. They eat almost anything and turn it into bacon, though.

The only thing worse than mucking a pig pen is scraping chicken poop that' been built up in the coop. And it doesn't smell "bad", it's just impossible to breathe and burns your eyes.

Pig sht will make you gag and puke.

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One or two pigs cant be that bad. This guy at work is trying to tell me to get a cow instead. Not sure if he is being a smartass or not tho.

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Seems like a lot of trouble and work. Do you have feral hogs in Oklahoma? Read this!

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=449721
Wow, just wow. That is an epic thread.
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Wife's family used to do it all the time, and we plan to as soon as we get enough land. They had one male and a couple females. Each female would have a litter every other year. When the piglets got old enough, they would send them to some one that would slaughter and butcher them. I am not sure of the cost, but I think they said once they sold all the piglets they were not going to eat, and paid for food and slaughtering, they broke even.

Get females or get the males castrated for sure, or maybe you plan to eat them before they get too big as male pigs can be mean, and I think the testosterone will make the meat tough.

Sounds like fun and hope you keep us all up to date.

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