Acorn finished pork.

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  1. gerold

    gerold Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It sure makes some great smoked meat. We used to take a long lean boar about 2 yrs old and cut him and put out in the woods come fall. Butcher and smoke. Hams, bacon and sausage....James
     

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    Yes pasture raised pork along with acorns makes for very good pork.
    Been reading up on Prosciutto also.

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    Our red oaks have been dropping acorns for a few weeks now, and the Saw-tooth oaks have just begun. Acorns from the latter are dark brown, almost black, and much smaller. Don't know how any of that corresponds to flavor. I've thrown a handful of each kind to the pigs. At first they didn't seem to think it was food. Now, maybe it's just a competition thing, but the really go after either variety of acorn. We're looking at how to move the pigs to different parts of the property to forage, but for now I am collecting and rationing the acorns.

    How long do you have your pigs feeding on acorns to impart the flavor to the meat? Are they eating anything else besides pasture? I'm still giving a little commercial feed and also persimmons as they fall. I will also be adding prickly pear cactus fruit soon.

    Also, they've been eating pears for some time, but if I don't find another supply, that's come to an end.
     
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    All my pigs eat acorns when they fall. I don't limit them to how much they eat. They root all winter and fine acorns etc.
    I feed corn/mineral/veg. mix. Grow the corn on my farm.
    In the winter they get lots of corn/mix as the pastures disappears.
    Rest of the year they get just enough corn to keep them fat along with the pasture.
    I limit how much corn they get depending on their age. If fed a lot of corn they will just lay around and not forage much.