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#3159173 - 02/10/13 08:44 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: pressfit]
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They will eat anything, bones and all...
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#3159179 - 02/10/13 08:51 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: timberjack86]
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 Originally Posted By: timberjack86
 Originally Posted By: Crappie Luck
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Excellent topic here IMO. I've noticed the piglets for sale on LSN lately. Would one acre hold 2 piglets until they reached 150#?


Yes. You'll be fine.

I agree.Some people raise 1 in an 8x8 pen. I like to see them be able to move a little. But all they do is eat and sleep. Like a democrat \:D
I wish that was all a Democrat did. They would cause a lot less trouble!!!!
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#3159271 - 02/10/13 10:15 PM Re: Raising hogs [Re: pressfit]
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
 Originally Posted By: TN RDG RNR
That would stink. whats skippers?

a polite name for a maggott


Actually, a skipper is a union maggot.
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#3160673 - 02/12/13 07:33 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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 Originally Posted By: TN RDG RNR


One more question what eats better a sow or boar?


If you butcher them out within 8-9 months and 150-200 lbs, there is no difference. But if that boar is "uncut", he's going to get pretty ripe as he nears 2 yr old.

But, as I mentioned earlier, the meat will be tougher, the older they get. If you want tender chops and hams, get them up to weight and butcher as fast as possible. (6-9 months old)
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#3160683 - 02/12/13 07:43 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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They aint gonna survive 2 or 3 years around here we like bacon too much. \:\)

Looked at some hog panels at TSC yesterday. The 16' cattle panels were about 1 foot taller but the squares were 6" and $5 a panel cheaper. As long as I start out with a 20 or 30 lber the cattle panel should keep them in?

Thanks for all the info
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#3160685 - 02/12/13 07:45 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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I heard you can bag your grass clippings when you mow and they will eat it?
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#3160687 - 02/12/13 07:50 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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You'll probably be OK. I had some young ones that would squeeze between the slats of an aluminum gate but a little chicken wire stopped it. I don't think they'll be able to squeeze through the 6" squares though. The space in the gate was 6" tall, but 2' wide.

I feed them with a plastic coffee can. If you shake it when you feed them, they'll learn pretty fast what that sound is. Then, if one ever get's out, shake that can and they'll come a runnin'.

My 65 lb son could get a 250 lb A-hole sow we had back in the pen in less than 2 minutes with a couple rocks and a coffee can \:\)
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#3160688 - 02/12/13 07:51 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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 Originally Posted By: TN RDG RNR
I heard you can bag your grass clippings when you mow and they will eat it?


They like grass, honey suckle, most weeds.

They'll eat the heck out of road kill deer too. That's 100 lb of free feed and protein \:\)
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#3160804 - 02/12/13 09:19 AM Re: Raising hogs [Re: pressfit]
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
My brother in laws dad had the last commercial pig operation in our county.. you pretty much have to feed a hog everything he eats.. from what he has told me.. there is very very very little profit in raising hogs.. you might be doing it for the pleasure of it which is a whole different ball game.. good luck!
Maybe depends on the size of the operation? Brother in-law is pretty high up in the largest one here in Iowa. He oversee's 1.62 million pigs per year from farrow to finish. They employee 900 workers. The owner is pretty well off and my bil does pretty good too. He's able to take the company jet to the Ozarks instead of driving most of the time.

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