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Got my stepdaughter a yorkshire show pig for FFA youth fair over the weekend, she named her "Toot" and seems excited about raising a hog which has me excited. She is the biggest hog out of the 30 at her schools ag department and already 65#'s she should have no problem making weight (24-300.bs) by the biginning of January. It is my hope she gets a few dollars a pound at auction so she can pay me back what i'll have invested and put atleast a couple hundred dollars in the bank for start up money for next years hog.

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so when you sell them at auction next year..........what does that person do with "toot" ? please tell me you're not basically raising whats gonna be on my plate for breakfast someday ??
 

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isn't the point of showing FFA pigs to raise them from babies? Those would make some nice tender porkchop sammiches now.
 

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so when you sell them at auction next year..........what does that person do with "toot" ? please tell me you're not basically raising whats gonna be on my plate for breakfast someday ??
After they are show'd and judge'd and sold at auction basically the buyer can do whatever they want with it but 99% of the time they go straight to the butcher. mmmm bacon!
 

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isn't the point of showing FFA pigs to raise them from babies? Those would make some nice tender porkchop sammiches now.
i reckon how old/big they are when u get them isnt so much the point as how big they are when u show them. I would have liked her to take care of a piglet right after its been weened but that wasnt an option since school started beginning of Sept and they have to be atleast 240 lbs the beginning of January. Her little brother wants to show a pig thru 4-H so he will have the opportunity to get a baby pig whenever he wants.
 

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I imagine she's gonna become attached to it and boohoo when she sells her but thats apart of raising livestock....

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well you can tell the little one shes doesnt have to worry about "toot" landing on my plate. I only eat turkey bacon. but some good seasoned chops for the sammiches is always a thought still lol
 

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well you can tell the little one shes doesnt have to worry about "toot" landing on my plate. I only eat turkey bacon. but some good seasoned chops for the sammiches is always a thought still lol
Turkey bacon? Is that good for you? I cannot imagine what they have to add to turkey to make it taste like bacon.
I don't like bacon but sausage=yum, pork chops are good.
 

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We have a wild sow in a pen in the backyard that I caught back in march and have been feeding table scraps and hog feed to, she's about 150lbs now and will be bbq'd in a month. mmmmm smoked pork loin is good!



 

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More people should realize how that ham steak and bacon got to the table.

Good on you folks.

A well cared for animal is a tasty animal. :thumbsup:
 

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I raised sheep in FFA in hs. Their names were: Ed, Eddy, Edward and Vito Corleone.


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I raised sheep in FFA in hs. Their names were: Ed, Eddy, Edward and Vito Corleone.


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did you shear their hair and sell it or were they old enough? did you show them in a fair and did you place? This show pig stuff is new to me, i'm used to handling wild hogs that want to rip your face off but these domestic pigs are very tame and easy going. I'm going to enjoy taking the family to the fair to watch her and Toot!
 

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More people should realize how that ham steak and bacon got to the table.

Good on you folks.

A well cared for animal is a tasty animal. :thumbsup:
i expect her to learn many lessons about how that nice individually packaged pork chop made its way to the supermarket and also responsibility of caring for an animal aswell as hard work and dedication paying off in cold hard cash hopefully.
 

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150lbs is getting a bit heavy for an eating pig. But since it's pen raised, I imagine that she was not too tough. Much over 100lbs for a wild one and they get tough, at least the TX ones. We usually just strap those things out and leave the rest to the yotes.

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We have a wild sow in a pen in the backyard that I caught back in march and have been feeding table scraps and hog feed to, she's about 150lbs now and will be bbq'd in a month. mmmmm smoked pork loin is good!



 

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150lbs is getting a bit heavy for an eating pig. But since it's pen raised, I imagine that she was not too tough. Much over 100lbs for a wild one and they get tough, at least the TX ones. We usually just strap those things out and leave the rest to the yotes.
we've had good luck w/ raising baby wild pigs to about 150lbs and then cooking them slow and low and the meat is as tender as storebought pork. I wouldnt think of doin that with a boar. Letting it bleed out in coolers for a couple of days and marinating it in mojo overnight helps. Most boar hogs killed while hunting get mixed w/ other meats and made into sausage.
 

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gutfiddle said:
did you shear their hair and sell it or were they old enough?
for most of the sheep that are raised for FFA and 4H are meat animals. the most common breed that is used is Suffolk and their wool is not the best for using as stock to make fabric plus unless you have 30+ sheep being sheered there is almost zero profit from wool
 

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gutfiddle said:
did you shear their hair and sell it or were they old enough? did you show them in a fair and did you place? This show pig stuff is new to me, i'm used to handling wild hogs that want to rip your face off but these domestic pigs are very tame and easy going. I'm going to enjoy taking the family to the fair to watch her and Toot!

I sheared them but trashed the wool (it's like Tetter says).

My first sheep came in 3rd overall. I thought I'd have runner up grand champion but got beat out. The judge had me and two other sheep separated for a while going back and for the placing. It was close.

After that I never got as close to winning, but I always placed right around the 5th spot, which meant that I generally got a pretty good price for the sheep. While most hardly broke even when you took in to account feed, I always came out on top, which is more than you can really ask for with sheep. Pigs, at least when I was doing it, made more money but were also more of a pita to take care of and show.


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I sheared them but trashed the wool (it's like Tetter says).

My first sheep came in 3rd overall. I thought I'd have runner up grand champion but got beat out. The judge had me and two other sheep separated for a while going back and for the placing. It was close.

After that I never got as close to winning, but I always placed right around the 5th spot, which meant that I generally got a pretty good price for the sheep. While most hardly broke even when you took in to account feed, I always came out on top, which is more than you can really ask for with sheep. Pigs, at least when I was doing it, made more money but were also more of a pita to take care of and show.


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did it make alot of noise when you had secks with it? Why do people think its a pita to raise a pig? They are pretty easy IME as long as they have food and fresh water and relativelyshitfree living quarters they are happy piggies. Steers can be quite ornery OTOH
 

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did it make alot of noise when you had secks with it? Why do people think its a pita to raise a pig? They are pretty easy IME as long as they have food and fresh water and relativelyshitfree living quarters they are happy piggies. Steers can be quite ornery OTOH

First off, sheep poop is much easier to clean up. Second, sheep are dumb.


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First off, sheep poop is much easier to clean up. Second, sheep are dumb.


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hmmm...pigs arent very smart critters either, maybe alittle more charismatic then sheep but 5 mins w/ a high pressure hose and they're pens are squeaky clean.
 
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