Pictured above, these two are enjoying a snack of taro sweet bread. They weigh in at between 135 and 150 lbs. They sure grew fast! Yes, they are a bit muddy because they spent a good portion of the early afternoon in their wallow cooling off. Pigs can't sweat to cool off when overheated, so they will lay down in water or cool mud.
Because hubby dislikes the idea of any animal we own being used as food, I posted an ad for the pigs, letting fate decide what would happen. Last week I had one sold, so I assumed the other would go into our freezer. But when the buyer arrived with gun, knife, and truck, to take away his pig, the buyer's partner decided to take both in order to breed them. She liked the idea of breeding more pigs. With Hammie and Chopper ready to breed (in fact, they might be already bred), in a bit less than 4 months the buyer should end up with a good return on his investment.
What a turn of events. I went from two weeks ago wondering how I was going to fit two pigs into the freezer, to freezing only one pig, to now zero pigs. Hey, plenty of freezer space now!
So how did the farm make out financially? Surprisingly well.
Cash out for ---
....two piglets --- zero
....fence panel --- $105
....purchased feed --- $76
Total cash out came to $181. The fence panels will of course be reused for several years to come.
Sale price of two pigs, including a partial sack of sweet cob --- $300.
So the farm ended up $119 in the good. Not bad. Of course that means no fine pork in my own freezer.
The big savings in raising these pigs were:
1- zero paid to buy the piglets. Around here non-fancy piglets cost $50 each.
2- inexpensive pen. I used heavy duty pallets for much of the pen. The fence panels made easy access gates. More importantly, they were gates that the pigs couldn't break through.
3- a lot of their food was home grown or foraged. No cash outlay but it meant a lot of time and effort invested on my part.
4- no illnesses, parasites, or injuries. Therefore there were no veterinary expenses.