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.
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.
Book ahead; some abattoirs have wait times of several weeks, especially during the busy summer months.
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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