In order to get the pigs to the processor we have to have some means of transportation. So Craig’s List and I got acquainted. I was able to find this trailer for pretty cheap just up the road from our house in town. We figure we will be using it quite a bit over the years. We are considering raising our own pigs, so transporting them in a trailer would be quite convenient.
And to make sure that everyone knows that we have completely lost our minds, we are also considering other livestock as well. We need a reliable source of compost as well as some herbivores to help keep this place mowed down. We are a huge grass field and sometimes it can feel like it is completely over-taking us. A family cow will produce up to 15,000 pounds of manure per year. Goats can graze down virtually any weed patch in no time flat. So we are contemplating putting up a livestock barn to house them both. We aren’t much into dairy so we don’t think we will be doing it for that purpose (plus, unless I retire, I can’t be here everyday for the daily milking that has to be done). So basically we need poopers and lawn mowers. This will mean a lot of fence building though. Stay tuned!
You may want to consider Dexter cows. Pretty small. Dual purpose. In N.Cal here, we have goats and they are good on the weeds, the fence-line blackberries, brush, etc – but the grasses are not as eaten. Getting the Dexters would help there, give a better mix of cleaning up our paddocks (ours are smaller, but probably support more livestock/acre) better variety of poompage, and if we can get the pigs interested in the blackberry roots like Sepp Holzer says – well, that would be sweet.
We follow the goats with chickens like Joel – and the flock by the barn/coop has reduced the summer fly population by at least a factor of 6. EAT THOSE FLY EGGS, BABES!
Thanks Bradley! All the info we can get the better!