Getting out of pigs…

Good day all.

Well, as my mind swirls and observations continue I have to make some interesting and creative decisions about the future of my farm.  All but three of the dairy goats have gone.  As I make final arrangements for them next up are the pigs.  I am selling off all of my pigs (pretty much).  I have 11 adults and 13 piglets.  The current plan is for the adults to leave the farm this Sunday to be auctioned off.  This is one of the least desirable ways to move livestock.  It is as close as a non-cafo farm gets to being a cafo farm.  The pigs will be taken to St. Louis, MI and auctioned off to processors around MI and outside MI.  The pigs will enter the mainstream flow of pork that circulates around this country.  I only lose money on this–but as they say, it stops the bleeding.  (I have done this twice before–after a distributor said they’d take pigs and then backed out–and I had several dozen to move fast).  But the decision must come so that I can focus my energies and time on things more scale-able to a single-person farm.  If you want to order a whole or half pig from me you must do it by late Saturday night.  After that, as of sometime Sunday morning, I will be adult pig-free for the indefinite future.

If you want to buy a live adult pig from me you can–they are $250 each–and we can hire Wyatt Lambert for $2/mile (one way) and he can load it and deliver it to you.

That will leave 13 piglets.  These are available for other farmers and homesteaders for $60 per pig.  Males are uncastrated as I have had zero taint appear in my line.  There is the slightest, slightest–SLIGHTEST–chance that if I get to a point and all I have are only females or only males left I may keep 3-4 for spring slaughter for customers.  So long as there is no reproduction going on–we can be good.

But if not, all of these pigs will go and I will be taking an indefinite break from pigs.  My apologies to the many dedicated and die-hard supporters and customers of my pigs.  I need more of you–which why I am least shedding my numbers–and because of you that I may keep some as the numbers dwindle.  🙂  Thanks so much and spread the word.

Stuart