I just wanted to show you our new additions. We’re raising 4 pigs as a co-op with some other people and will ship them off to market in a couple of months. We’re all sharing the feed cost, and will split the animals when the time comes.
These little critters are called rejects, which means they either don’t have the markings or there’s some type of blemish on the pig that make it unable to sell to local farmers. If they’re purchased to raise and butcher for commercial use they won’t accept any pigs that aren’t completely pink or any with small scratches or imperfections. That’s when we come in and scoop them up, these pigs would have been destroyed otherwise. We got 5 but one didn’t make it, we think the mamma had rolled over on it and did some internal damage. Two of the pigs have scratches on their face that happened during their delivery but that doesn’t affect the meat in any way. It’s amazing they almost give the rejects away, so it’s a great way to get pigs for next to nothing.
They’re growing like crazy, and get excited to see the vegetable scraps I have been feeding them. Right now they’re at that cute stage, but it won’t be long before they’re chubby, dirty pigs.