I have a question mainly out of curiosity. Why don't more people skin their hogs instead of scalding and scraping. I can not even imagine scalding and scraping hair off of a pig. We just finished butchering out our 250 lb hog and skinning it was so EASY compared to what I expected!!!! My husband and I skinned him out in about 25 minutes and this was our first hog. In fact, we were trying to be so careful it took us a lot longer to gut him than to skin him. We attempted the strip skinning and that was horrid. It does not come off in strips. His skin came off in one big piece. It was a lot like skinning a deer that you want to save the hide off of. We started at the hams and worked our way down. We just held the skin tight in one hand and cut the connective tissue with a sharp fillet knife. No wasted meat or fat. I have read posts on here about skinning and how hard it is and botchy. It was a really nice clean carcass when we finished skinning. I will never scald!! Just curious why more people scald than skin.