Feeder Pig Sales
We will have feeder pigs for sale beginning July 15th 2021. These piglets will be presale only, which will require an advance deposit. The demand for quality feeder pigs is high and since we have had an increasinlgy hard time finding good quality piglets ourselves for each growing season, we decided to begin breeding our own sows. Our first breeding will occur July 15th 2021, followed by the second breeding January 15th 2022. These will be duplicated at the same time every year thereafter. We anticipate 12 piglets for sale for the July breeding, and 16 for the January breeding.
Breeding Date verses Available Date
We are using artficial insemination for our sows to ensure high quality offspring. We will adhere to a strict 7 week weaning period which will ensure healthy feeder piglets for our customers. For our feeder pig customers, this means that the dates which the piglets will be available for pick-up will be the third week of June and the third week of December each year. A timely pick-up will be required.
What is required to raise pigs?
Raising pigs for high quality meat is realtively easy if you adhere to a simple set of rules. These results can be repeated time after time with exacting precision.
- An outside area of not less than 500 square feet per pig you will raise. This equates to an area roughly 22 feet by 22 feet per pig. This area must be fenced with field fencing with the smaller squares down. This field fence should be fenced again inside about 4 to 6 inches, and 6 inches above the ground with an electric wire.
- A shelter must be provided that has at least 3 sides, and a dimension of about 6 feet by 10 feet. A shelter this size is adequate for between 1 and 6 pigs. Inside this shelter could be placed a single round bale of hay and possibly their feeder. I put a 900 pound round bale of hay in the shelter which lasts the pigs for the entire 5 month duration.
- A clean and continuous water supply must be provided which can be a pressure nipple or mini pond area that receives a clean supply of water at least periodically on most days.
- An automatic feeder for dry hog meal of some kind. I have made gravity bins like this many times, and I place my gravity bin inside of the same covered trailer which I will use to haul the pigs to the slaughter house on that day. The reason for this is that I never have to fight to get the pigs into a trailer on that day because they are already in their everyday eating off and on all day anyway. All I have to do is slide the door shut.
- An automatic feeder should have feeding slots 6 inches wide by 10 inches long and 4 inches deep. I use a commercial feeder now, but in the past I have made many of these feeder using plywood. My current feeder holds 500 pounds of feed, and I feed once weekly. If I was to build one from wood, I would make sure that it held at least 300 pounds. In any case, you should ensure that there is adequate feed available in the volume of 7 to 10 pounds per day per pig at a minimum.
- Pigs need 5 gallons of water per day per pig. This needs to be clean fresh water. If it isn't good enough for you, then it isn't good enough for your animals either.
If feeder pigs have a continuous supply of quality feed and water, which they should, they will grow one pound of pork for every three pounds of feed they consume. Of course this depends on the quality of the feed and the feeder that is used, as well as the quality of water that the pigs have available. The feeder, if constructed yourself, should have dividers of a dimension of 6 inches width and 10 inches front to back, with a depth of 4 inches.
When you purchase your piglets, they will average 40 pounds each, but will range from 30-50 pounds. There are several factors that determine this weight. Sex matters with regard to pig weight as females tend to grow a little slower than males. Also, there is always a runt or two in pig litters. We recommend that you raise your pigs for 5 months. Considering that the pigs are 7 weeks old when you pick them up, this makes them just under 7 months old at slaughter time if you raise them for 5 months as we suggest. At 5 months, if you had a runt, it will weigh about 225-250 pounds. If you had females, they will weigh between 250-300 pounds at 5 months, and if they were males of average weight at birth, they will weight between 275 and 350 pounds at 5 months (just under 7 months total age).
The reason that we recommend 5 months raising on pure grain and water is because this is the period where they put on the best lean meat to fat ratio with a continuous gain of 1 pound for every 3 pounds of grain. If you raise them beyond 5 months, they will continue to gain weight, but the ratio of fat to lean meat increases. With regard to pigs, fat is not considered waste, and is therefore a part of what you receive from the butcher when you pick up your meat. With pigs, you end up with right at 50 percent of hoof weight as freezer meat, so this means that with a 300 pound pig, you will have 150 pounds of meat in the freezer.
At an average cost of $10 per 50 pound bag of feed, at 300 pounds, you will have fed 18 bags of feed at a total cost of $180. Your cost of the pork you receive is $1.20 per pound. Now that is cheap high quality meat! Of course, there are other costs, but they are minimal. For example, the cost of purchase where piglets average $60 each, and also the cost of slaughter and processing which averages $120 each for a total final cost of $360 each for a final cost per pound of $2.40 which is still extremely cheap for the high quality of meat that you will have.