In other non hurricane related news, we picked up two piglets this weekend. Meet Reba and Sandy.
We still have Toony, but are preparing to slaughter her sometime before Christmas. There is a small USDA inspected facility only a couple of mile from the house and he normally doesn’t have much of a waiting list. He estimated that if Toony is around 500lbs that it will cost us around $325 to have her slaughtered and processed. We are going to have more meat than we ourselves can eat so if you are interested in buying some pork either comment here or contact us – I’m not selling any of the bacon, that’s all mine.
Interesting tidbit – the guy we bought the piglets from figures it takes 8 bags of 100lbs feed to raise one feeder pig to market weight (220-260lbs). Feed here costs around $21 a bag, that’s about $170 to raise one piglet to slaughter. We are hoping to bring down this cost by mixing in goats milk to the feed once the does start producing in the spring. We also have a great deal of apple trees on are property that we can feed to the pigs in the fall if the trees produce anything next year. The early warm weather followed by the sudden cold snap resulted in a poor apple harvest this year for western NY.
As for the goats Ollie got in with the girls the other day and now they may be pregnant. I’m hoping not because that would mean kids at the end of February beginning or March – I really don’t want to deal with kidding goats in a middle of a blizzard. Jeff fixed the pen so he can’t get in with them again, but I don’t know how long he was in with the girls. I will know in about a month if they don’t go back into heat that they are expecting. We also found a plan for a milking stand that Jeff plans on building once he gets some time - this will make it a lot easier for me to trim hooves if I don’t have anyone to help me. My sister is going to help me trim everyone’s hooves and give the herd their CDT vaccine booster when she comes down this week. So I don’t have to worry about doing it myself this time, but the stand will come in handy considering she can only come down a couple times a year at most. I’m really not looking forward to it – they haven’t been trimmed since last year. Although the rocky ground here has kept their hooves in relatively good condition.