New Spring Piglets and Buying Tips

pigletWe purchase spring piglets every year to raise for pork. We recently bought a few to add to our barnyard.

 

CIMG1764They are a Yorkshire, Spot, and Landrace mix. All these breeds are known for their exceptional meat production.

These piglets were exhausted from a long ride home.

CIMG1766They were not too tired to explore their new home.

Raising a pig is a wonderful experience. I like knowing my animals are raised humanely and eating a healthy diet. Many people think pigs are just nasty, smelly animals; but that could not be more untrue. If their pens are kept reasonably clean the smell is minimal. They are also intelligent animals, and each has its own personality.

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We have plans to raise our own pigs in the future, but for now we buy. Here is what I look for when buying my piglets. It’s really common sense tips, but I thought I would share.

1.  Healthy and lively. When I watch piglets I want the ones who are running around and playing. I do not want a pig that is coughing, lethargic, or excessively scratching.

2.  Long and well muscled. These type of pigs tend to grow the fastest; producing the most meat.

3.  I buy barrows, which are castrated males, because they tend to have better meat to feed ratios.

4.  Unusual growths. If I see something that looks unusual on a piglet, I don’t buy.  

Do you have any other piglet buying tips that you would like to add? Do you raise pigs or are thinking about it in the future?

 


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