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ballingall

  • Joined Sep 2008
  • Avonbridge, Falkirk
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2011, 11:03:24 pm »
We certainly reared ours last year on a fair amount of milk. We did give them pig nuts as well, which may well account for the fact that ours ended up quite fatty! They also got a fair amount of veg too. Could try it here, as we have the milk (generally) but I don't know if we have enough grass for them. Having read that article though, certainly might try on less pig nuts next time!

Beth

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2011, 10:37:15 am »
I was told to cut out milk and milk products at 16 weeks for a pig going to slaughter at 26-30 weeks. 


Sylvia

  • Joined Aug 2009
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2011, 01:16:42 pm »
Why would that be H.M.?

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2011, 08:12:08 am »
Apparently to reduce the back fat.  I dont have access to milk stuff now, but a friend who carried on feeding whey to 28 weeks had the fattest tammies I have ever seen.  Somewhere in the depths of my computer is a photograph of her pig who really does look like Jabba the Hut.  I will see if I can find it.   ;D ;D

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2011, 10:27:57 am »
I only have the experience of the one (OSB) pig going to slaughter but she was not fat at all - the meat was almost too lean in a way; it had a good covering (about 20mm, which to me for a free-range pig is absolutely fine) but not so much within the meat. 

I had been fairly obsessive about not overfeeding...  She had whey up until about 2 months before she went, but I always gave them less nuts when they were having whey.  Thay had a LOT of apples in the last few months - and you really could taste it in the pork!  I don't cook apple sauce to go with a Gaby roast!
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2011, 06:35:02 pm »
Oh my mouth is watering ......  we have chicken tonight, sadly.

Fionnyonions

  • Joined Jun 2011
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2011, 04:36:41 pm »
Free range pigs and pasture pigs are definitely the way to go.
Anyone know any place handy to hang salami, chorizo etc.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Pasture Raised Pigs
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2011, 05:41:27 pm »
Anyone know any place handy to hang salami, chorizo etc.

Bring 'em here - I'll find a barn...  ;) :yum: :D
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

 

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