Raising pigs on pasture is a great way to fill your freezer with great organic meat, and maybe put a few dollars in your wallet, too.
We've been putting pigs on pasture for 15 years here on New Terra Farm. We usually do one or two 'batches' each year, depending if we are busy with other stuff.
We have raised as many as 8 pigs at one time, which is about the limit of our capacity in both freezer space and free pasture.
If you are new to raising pigs. I strongly suggest you start by buying some weaned piglets (weaners) from a local supplier. Keeping breeding stock is another layer of learning and involves additional expense and more robust housing.
Pigs on pasture as a seasonal enterprise has several advantages for the small farmer or land-owner. Here's a few reasons to give pastured pork a try:
Here's a quick how-to guide to start raising your own tasty pastured pork.
Depending on feed, and how big your want your pigs to get, in about 4 months they will be ready to go to the abattoir. I aim for a live weight of 220-25o lbs.
Book ahead; some abattoirs have wait times of several weeks, especially during the busy summer months.
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I just keep track of feed costs, abattoir costs and the yield (saleable cuts) from my piggies. I need this information to figure out pricing.
I sold all my pork to CSA customers, and I took orders in advance to make sure I could sell all I raised. You can do the same, hit up all your friends, neighbours, your hockey team, your church choir - in short EVERYBODY - and tell them you are raising delicious, free range pastured pork, and if they hurry they can get on the list to buy some. You can ask for a deposit to help cover your start-up costs.
I also take a custom cutting order for each piggie. Here's link that explains pork cuts clearly and thoroughly.
I include the cutting order form i use in Raising PIgs on Pasture. You also get a copy of my Porkulator software to help you figure out pricing for your pork.
How to raise a pig for the new country dweller or small grower.
Pigs are a great livestock animal for the small operator. And raising pigs in the garden benefits both the animal and the garden crops.
Raising pigs for meat on a small property is a great way to put some food in your freezer. Organic pastured pork is leaner and healthier and just tastes better than the 'store-bought' kind. So, how much meat do you get from your typical pastured porker?
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