It SNOWED this past Tuesday. Yesterday and today has been over 70! Its FEBRUARY.
We took the opportunity today to get the pig shelter moved into place and then measure out, dig the holes and cement in the posts for the last wall of the pen itself. We ordered the waterers and it looks like our local feed store has a feeder for sale.
We have decided that we will likely get 3 pigs to raise. We inquired about organic feed and in order for us to be able to get it at all locally (within 100 miles) we have to buy 2000 lbs of it. 2 pigs will go through about 750 lbs of feed to get them to between 220 and 250 lbs. If we only got 2 we would end up wasting 500 lbs of feed. A dressed out hog will evidently yield 150 lbs of meat. 3 is then 450 lbs!!
So what we are planning to do is raise and process the three. 1 1/2 of those pigs we will keep, vacuum seal, and freeze for ourselves. The other 1 1/2 will go to friends who want to help us offset costs. We are figuring around $6.00 lb.
The fence will be easy to complete. We also are stringing a hot wire around the base of the fence to keep them from rooting around and tearing up our fences.
So between the laying hens (which we now have 21 new ones to go with the other ladies in the coop), chickens being raised for meat and the new additions of “Ham, Sausage, and Chop” in our new pig lot, I would surmise we will have more than enough meat for this “Mostly-Terian” family.
Check out the sexy overalls! I still gots it!