In our quest to eat more sustainably, we’ve been experiencing what it’s like to raise our own animals for meat. So far it’s only been chickens, but we just raised the bar another notch with the addition of three pigs to the back yard! Aren’t they adorable? These little guys are super-cute, and you could … [Read more…]
The pigs have escaped three times this week! Luckily, they’ve only got out into our yard. Each time, they just hang around in the garden, dig up the grass a bit, and lay in the sun. Putting them back in their pen was pretty easy – they’re just like flighty chickens. They’ll flee if you … [Read more…]
I finally got to install my electric fence yesterday morning, and we haven’t had any more trouble from the pigs. For the electric fence energiser, I bought a Thunderbird BD-20. This is a neat little 2 km “strip grazer”, powered by 4x D-cell batteries. I don’t have mains power near the pig pen because it’s … [Read more…]
There was a little bit of discussion about feeding scraps to pigs on my original entry about our pig project. There are quite strict laws around the feeding of scraps and waste to pigs in Australia (and many other countries), and you really need to make sure you’re doing the right thing. The NSW Department … [Read more…]
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has a lot of really good pig keeping information available for free. Here’s my collection of links to their resources.
You can get a very good estimate of a pig’s weight by running a few simple measurements through a mathematical formula. Here’s how to do it.
A must-see video of BBC’s Ethical Man visiting a pig farm in Las Vegas, where the pigs are raised on restaurant leftovers and then fed back to the restaurant patrons.
If you want to clear a large area of land with little effort, you can’t beat a pig tractor!
The pigs have finally reached a good baconer size, and are ready to head off to the abattoir.
The pigs finally came home from the butcher. We received back 74 kilograms of porky goodness per pig – that’s a lot of meat to have sitting in front of you!