How big is your operation?

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by Up North, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

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    I've noticed that there are a lot of new hog people on here lately. Just for fun and just because I'm curious. How many pigs do you have? What is your primary market? I have:

    1 boar
    2 sows
    1 bred gilt (due Oct 4)
    5 young gilts. Future breeding stock
    3 feeders raising for butcher hogs.

    I'd like to get to the point where I have enough hogs on the place I can meet the needs of any sort of buyer. Just in these two weeks I have talked to people who are looking for feeders, bred gilts, 4-H project pigs, and butcher hogs. People are looking for two types of butcher hogs. Ones to stock the freezer and ones to throw on the spit for a party.

    Heather
     
  2. diehard47

    diehard47 Well-Known Member

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    My friend and I have 3sows due in october and 4feeder pigs. This will be our second litter due in october.
     

  3. Misty

    Misty Misty Gonzales

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    We have:
    1 boar
    7 sows
    2 gilts (maybe one more coming)
    4 feeders
    4 showpigs left (the other 4 are at the fairs right now)
    35 or so piglets.
     
  4. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    We have:

    2 x Boars
    7 x Sows
    No growers - we ate them :)

    The primary aim is pigs for the weaner market although we do take some growers through to butcher weight but not many.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie
     
  5. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

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    Ronnie when's your next batch of little piggies due to hit the ground? :1pig:
     
  6. .netDude

    .netDude Well-Known Member

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    1 boar
    4 sows
    1 gilt

    I sell most as feeders. They are all Yorkshire's, looking to add some Berkshire genetics soon.
     
  7. Argent Farms

    Argent Farms Pig farmer

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    As you can see by my handle, I am a "Pig Farmer" so obviously I have an enormous hog lot.

    I have 2 hogs that will be butchered in the middle of October. That's all. Will probably be getting 3 little feeders next spring.
     
  8. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

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    I jumped into the 4H market in Florida and regretted it. Had two Yorkshire gilts which were the daughters of the previous year's Grand Champion at county fair. In florida, it was a huge market but people would haul pigs from Georgia and as far away as Illinois to flood the market each year. I started to breed wild gilts and they are my favorite to work with. Had 6 sows, 1 boar, and up to 18 piglets on the ground at a given time.

    Here the market seems good for feeder piglets so I am cautiously getting in with Oinky, Squeaker, and Grunt. Already due to loose dogs I've had to start penning them during the day and their feed bill has gone up because of it. My neighbor offered to let me use his boars- he raises for wholesale sausage and the local butcherbuys everything he produces so I have somewhat of a safety net for my piglets. To make money I would need better fencing and facilities to house at least 6 sows. No domestic boars for me. I'll go with the neighbor's boars if it isn't too much of a hassle or AI. Gonna try it out and breed the girls in November.
     
  9. 6e

    6e Farm lovin wife Supporter

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    We have 3 gilts to be bred in January. We wanted more, but pigs are scarce. They'll be bred to produce more girls and the boys will go to the freezer.
     
  10. beeman97

    beeman97 Well-Known Member

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    We have
    1 Boar
    6 sows
    11 feeders
    & 9 more babies just hit the ground 4 days ago.
     
  11. bricned

    bricned Well-Known Member

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    I am currently running seven sows and one boar with several feeder pig.
    You can make a little money with your hogs If you work them right.
     
  12. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

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    I have:

    1 boar
    2 sows
    7 feeders about a month away from slaughter; may keep one gilt from this litter as it was not sired by my boar
    9 about a week or two away from weaning

    The dam of the oldest litter is bred back.
     
  13. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

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    6e- I understand that since the packing house in Ark City closed there is a scarcity of hogs in your area. Were you able to find a Boar yet?
     
  14. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

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    Any stategies or advice you would share with the rest of us? Would you venture folks make more selling as feeder pigs or carrying them to butcher hog weight?
     
  15. Maple Tree Farm

    Maple Tree Farm Active Member

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    With so many breeders around I decided that it was just as cheap to buy the piglets and raise them to butcher. I have 4 piglets on the way this weekend.
     
  16. Cat

    Cat Well-Known Member

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    6E...How willing are you to drive for pigs? There is an auction in Dodge City on the first Monday of each month that runs a LOT of pigs through. They have everything from the rangiest boars to the cutest little weanlings imagineable. I know it'd be quite a haul but it's an option!
     
  17. Paul72

    Paul72 Well-Known Member

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    I Have:

    1 Berkshire boar
    2 Registered berk Sows (bred)
    1 Bluebutt cross Sow (bred)
    1 Registered 7 mo berk gilt

    2 recently put in the freezer---Paul
     
  18. VApigLover

    VApigLover Well-Known Member

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    1 Duroc guilt
    1 Blue butt looking boar
    1 large white boar
    1 VERY VERY large Hampshire Sow that refuses to produce

    End goal is to avoid bankruptcy.....:)
     
  19. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

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    If that "VERY VERY large Hampshire Sow that refuses to produce" belonged to me, she would be sausage.
     
  20. Shazza

    Shazza Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We only have 3 sows left...freezer almost empty of Porky the boar. We are getting out of Pigs, of all the animals they are the most costly to feed and get the least for the piglets and are the highest maintenance. I love the pigs...but....I would never breed them again. Buying and fattening maybe...but the places to get them "hamed and baconed" are really scarce here...there is no local abatoir for pigs anymore.