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Friday, April 20, 2012

Our 1st Pig

Hampshire pig, pig farm, pig, pigs, black and white pig


Hampshire pig, pig farm, pig, pigs, black and white pig
This is our first pig we ever owned. We named him "Pork Chop". These pics are of him when he was just 12 weeks old. When we got him back in the middle of October of 2011, he was 8 weeks old and weighed about 40 lbs. He is a Hampshire pig. He is a LOT bigger now. He has such personality. We all have become rather attached to him because he really is a great pig. He is super smart and playful. He and my husband are great friends but we knew when we bought him what his purpose would be and we will stay strong and do what needs to be done when the time is right.
Pork Chop recently got moved to a much larger pen and it only took him a few days to root the entire area up. I think we will move one of the other pigs to our garden area over the winter to get it ready for us for next year. :-) The other two pigs do not have the personality of Pork Chop. It will be easier taking them to be butchered.
Do you have any experience with raising hogs that you would like to share? I welcome any comments.

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3 comments:

  1. He is a fine looking pig. I bet it will be hard to slaughter him if you all like him so much. It will taste good if you can get past the part that he was a family favorite.

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    1. I worry about that too, myself. I know fresh pork is delicious. It may be hard but it is its destiny. When the time comes, I will blog about it.

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  2. Curious as to how big he was when you butchered him? How much meat did you end up getting?

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