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!
The pigs have finally reached a good baconer size, and are ready to head off to the abattoir.
If you want to clear a large area of land with little effort, you can’t beat a pig tractor!
Items of note I read this week: mulched garden paths, sub-acre agriculture, tiny houses, a DIY first aid kit, and lots of backyard pig-raising.
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.
What I’ve been reading about this week – worming pigs naturally, butchering pigs, sustainable display homes, KiamaSphere, Book Depository, modern homesteading, how to freeze eggs, and the solar nest.
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.
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.
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…]
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…]