My family and I are looking for pigs to buy to raise this summer and send to the butcher in the fall. We haven't bought pigs before and I'm wondering what to look for? Is it best to go through a farm and garden store where the pigs come from Canada or buy from someone off Craigslist in the next town over? The ones from CL are 110$ and already 40lbs, they are yorkshires which I have heard are good. The ones from the farm and garden store are probably smaller and the breed isn't specified- they are 100$. I am also wondering if they usually come vaccinated or wormed or if that's standard practice or if you can get by without vaccinating? I want to raise them as organically if possible just not sure what the norm is for that?
any info anyone can share on this would be really helpful! :)
We raised Yorks this year and the meat is sooo lean and dry (a pure york is a production pig- they have been primarily for packs like IBP- with a very big loin and very white meat). They are very docile- which is nice. I would really like some Berks though- they taste so much better :) As for the vaccinating- just depends- ask the farmer you buy them from. For your money you might consider getting a calf or two.... Cause $100 or $110/feeder pig is nuts.
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thanks for the reply. we talked again to the farmer and I guess the pigs are already half way to the freezer which is why she is asking a bit more. But I have checked around and that's kind of the norm price I have found anyway. She also said she hasn't vaccinated them and said it isnt necessary when you are only keeping them until the fall to be butchered anyway.
I don't keep pigs, so I don't know the specifics, but our neighbor keeps em, and he gets them for free from Craigslist. He finds people who bought them for pets and don't want them any more because they've grown so big :) I doubt he tells them he's just going to end up eating them, but goes with the more gentle truth that he's going to raise them on his farm. You could keep your eye out for something like that.
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