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Old 03-10-2014, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Pork is not real profitable anywhere, far as I can determine. Couple years ago we were looking at an existing operation, set up for 270 pigs (sows and feeders), but per the numbers I found, a commercial outfit can't actually make a profit with fewer than 1000 pigs (which may explain why the place was in foreclosure... and the 'organic' market this place was going after doesn't make up for that).

Neighbor took 12 young pigs (50 to150 lbs.) to the auction in Billings last fall and got all of $90 for the lot. Yep, less than $10 each. Which doesn't make your costs unless your feed is free.

Methinks it's a good thing we have so many Hutterite colonies in MT... who else is left that can produce pork, eggs, and poultry and not lose their shirts?
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I agree, feed costs vs what the pigs are worth to sell is a loosing proposition, unless you are growing specialty breeds for the heritage and better qualtiy meat aspect, but that means you will have to do the marketing yourself instead of just going to the sales ring.

But because no-hormone, free range or pasture finished pork is worth more per pound finished,
"About $4.95 per pound for the pork you take home." Hollin Farms: Pastured Heritage Pork
You can make a living with a small operation.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I'd bet they make a whole lot more money with the orchard and produce than they do with the meat.
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:51 PM
 
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Could be.
Of course the pigs could be fed the waste from the orchard and gardens, converting waste into a salable product and converting the scraps into compost.

In a small operation you have to look for every efficency, and $5.00/lb for pork isn't a bad return
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Yeah... raise the price a bit above market, and you catch the yuppie types who can't be seen eating store-bought meat.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Well, I'm not a yuppie, at least I don't think so but I sure do like non-store bought meat. Just can't eat it everyday or it'll break the bank.

That's why I hunt I guess.

You know what else I like? Rabbit. I love rabbit. I might raise a few of those tender buggers.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Mmm, dunno which I like better, fried rabbit or fried catfish.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:54 AM
 
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Why choose? You can always go with river and bush instead of surf and turf and have them both
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Speakin' of rabbits, any problem with tularemia in MT? Saw belly sores on rabbits in SoCal often enough that I never dared eat 'em.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Speakin' of rabbits, any problem with tularemia in MT? Saw belly sores on rabbits in SoCal often enough that I never dared eat 'em.
That's a good question. I know growing up, I was always taught to only take rabbits for consumption, during the winter and early spring because they were not to be trusted the rest of the year due to being wormy. But I was told that the belly sores were caused by being wormy. I seen now that it is not the case, its not really wormy.
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