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What Do You Know Wednesday (because that’s how you learn)

Welcome to What Do You Know Wednesdays! As you know, we are still learning how to be farmers (we’ve actually known how to be charming for quite some time). We truly enjoy sharing our experiences (the good, the bad, and the hilarious) here with our Charming Readers. Our motto has become that’s how you learn. We’ve learned by jumping right in and seeing what works, what fails, and what just makes for a great story. And since the point of Charming Farming is to build a community of women who farm – in big ways or small – we would like to start hearing from you too. What has worked for you? What hasn’t?
Each week (okay let’s just say semi-regularly)  we will post a question or problem that we face with farming or one submitted by one of our Charming Readers. We are hoping to get input from other Charming Farmers so that we together we can grow healthier, happier farms and families.
This isn’t a linkup per se, although we hope you will post a link to your blog. But you don’t have to have a blog post about the week’s topic to contribute. Just share your insights in the comments (with a link to your blog if you have one). But do please share What Do You Know Wednesdays on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or anywhere else Charming Farmers are gathering.
So, let’s start with this week’s question…

What do you know about pigs?  My family has toyed with getting pigs for a while.  “Why in the world do you want smelly pigs?” some people (my mother) might ask.  Well, the obvious answer is bacon.  But there’s another more charming, but far less practical reason. My Littles and I want pigs because they are just so stinkin’ cute.  I know. I know.  This is a farm, not a petting zoo, but I’m a sucker for a fat belly and a little turned up nose.  So, here are some pig questions I have.  I hope there are some Charming pig farmers out there who can help me out…

  • What is the best breed of pig to get for slaughtering? (We’ll name him pork chop)
  • What breeds make a good pet?  (We’ll name him Sweetie Pie) And please don’t say pot bellied pig (unless you can make a very compelling argument).  I’m not a fan.
  • Can you bottle feed a pig?  I know Fern did in Charlotte’s Web, but can you in real life? My Littles are dying to try.
  • Is raising a pig (or two) expensive?
  • Is breeding pigs easy?  After all, if we are going to have pigs we will eventually want baby pigs.  That’s half the fun.
  • Is there a good reason not to get pigs? I hate to ask, but in the spirit of legitimate research…

Thanks in advanced for the swine counseling!

~lc

Could I get one like this?  I don't even care if he plays well.
Could I get one like this? I don’t even care if he plays well.

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8 thoughts on “What Do You Know Wednesday (because that’s how you learn)

  1. Well, I adopted a pot-bellied boy about two years ago. He’s a great guy! He’s easy to take care of, keeps his shed very clean and brings smiles to everyone he meets. He’s good friends with the goats and chickens who share the barnyard. He’s also the natural size for a full-grown boy of his breed – about 150-175 lbs. I’d say the only downside to a pet pig is the trimming of the hooves and tusks. He is NOT a fan. Oh, and he’s a horrible ukelele player 🙂

    1. Thanks, Joan. I could easily swayed by that pot-bellied pig testimonial. The only one I’ve ever known was an apartment dweller and he did not have a particularly sunny disposition. I’m glad you told me about your fella. He sounds charming!

  2. 1-Crossbred (hampshire/yorkshire) 2- same as above 3-yes you can bottle feed a pig. 4-The cost of raising a pig really depends on corn prices 5-Breeding a pig is easy with a boar, but not cost effective if you only have one or two sows. The cost to A.I. a pig is not much (depending on the cost of semen) and is easy to learn. We loved raising pigs, and everyone once in while think of doing it again. They all have personalities and are so fun. Best of all the Bacon and porkchops is fantastic! Das Butcher Haus does a wonderful job smoking the ham and great spices in the sausage as well. Good Luck! Barbara

      1. Yes, Das Butcher Has is in Green Forest. I don’t think we have any immediate plans to bottle feed a pig, but my younger daughter would love to.

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