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Best pigs to feed.

Would like to feed 2 pigs for about 6 months killing age about 8 months old, which bred would be the best and the cheapest meal to feed.

side of the hill
Monday, December 2nd, 2019

I rear 2 pigs every year..landrace cross duroc.. fed pig finishers and rolled barley at rate 1lb per month of age per day.. ie..4months old=4lb of meal a day.. pigs are free range on fresh grass every 2 weeks. Fed apples from windfall and vegetable leftovers.reared in summer months as put on too much fat in cold months
buy piglet €50
Butcher €100
Sausages €2 per kilo
Feed €100 per pig

Total average €270

My advice if you dont have room, and want to be cheap about it go to butcher and buy your meat.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

That sure is a great breakdown..
I bet the pork taste's super.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Thanks for the above. At what age did you kill and what was your carcasse weight. I would be feeding mine indoors and would the landrace x white not be the best for this.?

side of the hill
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Killed at 6 months as were male @80kg
Returned near 60kg each
1st pig all bacon 55kg
2nd pork 34kg
Sausages 30kg
I use duroc cross as outdoor but large white be better indoor.
You'll need to get a herd number which I'm not sure for indoor but for outdoor need proper shelter, continuous water supply and fully fenced enclosure. The department will inspect before issuing..

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Again thanks for your great help. I would be feeding indoors and I reckon I should get bigger weights this is why I need a bigger breed of pig.

side of the hill
Friday, December 6th, 2019

I kill females at 95kg if possible. I like to buy in march and kill in October but this year didnt get weaners until end of june. Most Butchers wont take pigs over 100kg.. best of luck with them. Its hugely rewarding

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Side of the Hill, as a Butcher myself some advice.

Glinn is likely got the best advice in terms of size and costs. Have you got a pen or area big enough to handle a pig well over 100kg live weight? pigs can be dangerous unless youve worked with them before and trying to handle

The bigger you get usually means the older. If you rush the pig by feeding it more itll just get fat. Too many pigs ive Butchered that were 100kg live weight but half in the bin as fat. Unless you go commercial breed then traditional will add fat as they only grow so fast.

As Glinn also said youll need to get it killed somehwere depending in North or South and bigger pigs will cost more to Butcher. Skinning it is a puke.

Big pigs youll just get more sausage meat but your Loins will be bigger. See too if your Butcher can cue it for gammons or Bacon before even buying them as most people dont like the hind end for roasts, theyre usually gammon here.


Make sure youre fit to handle a big pig
You Butcher gives a price before you buy them for full work and what you want from it
Dont overfeed. Theyll look like theyre growing but theyre like us, getting fat!

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Thanks Christor.
Will be feeding indoors in a 12x12 stable. I will be looking to get a few commercial pigs and kill at around 8-9 months old and get a bit of weight into them.

side of the hill
Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Aye just depends what you want from them. Commercials are longer pigs, so more loin (pork chops). Tbh only the legs are much good for gammons but get a price first and if your butcher will do it.

The front is mostly all sausages unless you butcher will take out slow roast muscles

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

In your opinion which breed of pig to feed is the best.

side of the hill
Sunday, December 15th, 2019

commercial id say, landrace etc. You can go a mix or traditional but take your time. its like rare breed hens nd the commercials, 2 different jobs

Monday, December 16th, 2019

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