Quit raising hogs

Discussion in 'Pigs and other Swine' started by greg_r, Mar 4, 2018.

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  1. Mar 4, 2018 #1

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    Used to raise them, but about 10 years after Hurricane Hugo came through and let all our pigs out, we had enough running around that we did not need to anymore.

    Use redbones to bay them and pit bulls to catch them. Been keeping us in meat for a while now.
     
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    I'm a terrible farmer when it comes to harvesting animals but a good hunter.:archery: Sounds like fun.
     
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    Hey musket, you just take your harvesting into other fields.
     
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    I would imagine that is one of the ways that wild pigs came to be. How many years have people been living in hurricane country, where their pigs would have gotten out? Were there pigs native to America, prior to it being settled by Europeans?
     
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    I think not. Pigs have been introduced to so many lands they were not native to, their origin is pretty much idle curiosity now. Sailing ships spread them all over the Pacific islands, for instance.

    edit: about peccaries though?
     
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    We used to have boar season here. Russian, or Eurasian, depending on who you ask, brought in for sport. No more boar seasons or tags. I doubt there are any wild strain left. The Russian boar were broad of shoulder and narrow of hip and not much over . I have heard tales of huge boars but I have never personally seen one much over 150 pounds, most were smaller. Feral swine take on some of that with time though. Feral pigs do get bigger. I have seen 300 pounders, but most are much smaller.

    Swine are not native to North America, but from Europe, and maybe Asia, but I am really not sure. Some trivia I learned from back when we had a wild boar hunting season. . Peccary are native to South America, and again I am not real sure, but they are not swine. Maybe related though? This is stuff I learned from the boar hunting trips I used to book in the North Carolina mountains. So subject to being wrong, I just took it in, never verified any of it.

    We had feral pig and feral goat on the farm. The goats got loose at the same time. Not seen any goats in the past few years though. I think maybe the coyotes got them.
     
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    Feral pigs are awful. They are very distructive, tearing up fields and creeks.
     
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    whatever it takes to keep meat in the freezer. Feral hogs are a menace
     
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    I love your profile photo, what type of smokepole is that?
     
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    A Lyman great plains 50cal percussion, got some rock locks too.
     
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    Okay, I will bite. What are rocks locks. Ignorant folks want to know (ME).
     
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    Sorry feller flintlocks I have two an English fowler 54 cal rifle and a Kentucky longrifle in 45.
     
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    We are going out of hog buisness. We are going to butcher 4 this year as soon as it gets cold enough. gonna make sausage out of one , one is to be smoked , two is for canning, and one is for having a pig roast. that will take care of the 5 biggest ones. my brother wants one and our navy buddy wants one also. that leaves 6. One of hubby's coworkers is going to trade for a couple of the small piglets,and that will leave 4. surely we can get rid of them.
     
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    The bigger ones weigh in at 140 to 175 pounds. Lot of work we know,but we are up for it . We'll have enough help.
     
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    @timmie I know someone who would come and get one but something horrible would happen.

    I have a neighbor, nicest fellow in the world, willing to go out of his way to help anyone. He’s also the unluckiest human being I’ve ever met. Every thing he touches seems to turn out bad.

    A few years ago he drove 200 miles into Mississippi and bought 2 hogs ready to slaughter. He was 15 miles from home on the way back, it was after dark. His trailer came loose from the trailer hitch. The trailer went off the road, across a small field into a fish pond.

    Last year, maybe the year before he tried to raise a couple of hogs. A couple of weeks before slaughter time they broke into his feed shed. He also stored a large bag of rat poison in that shed… He actually called me and asked if I thought the meat would be safe to eat…
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    I’m not being mean… this goes back 50 years. For some unknown reason this man has the worst luck in the world. I could write a book…

    Another occasion, dad let him put a little shooting house up in the high field for deer season. The opening day of deer season finally arrived. He had some kind of trouble at home and didn’t get to the deer stand until noon. 30 minuets later one of our cows stopped 50yards in front of his little shooting house and went into labor. She didn’t deliver until after dark. When he left that evening… I swear, I have never seen a more dejected human being in my life…
     
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    Hey peanut, I'm going to make a wild guess here but was your friend with the bad luck kinda of a thin body build and always busy?
    just askin cause I have met three different men like that who seem to have the gods of misfortune living in their back pocket and all three were of a thin wirey build. One even would have his wife when she called his workplace she would tell whom ever answered the phone was"let me talk to that unlucky SOB ".
     
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    IMHO "bad luck" usually comes from lack of planning or foresight.
     
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    He's always busy, works at a sawmill but on weekends preaches at a little country church. But he's a big barrel chested man.
     
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    Back in the 40s my Grandpa and his neighbor went in on 2 hogs.
    My Grandpa bought them and the neighbor raised them.
    One day Grandpa asked the neighbor how the hogs were coming along.
    Neighbor said I have bad news.
    Yours died.
    True story.
    I'm pretty sure the neighbor did not get away with that.
    My friend raised 2 hogs this year and took a beating when he tried to sell them.
    Lost money on the deal, not counting on all the work he put into raising them.
     
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    Packer prices for hogs at the fair are 65cents a pound this year. Kids pig weighed in at 234. That's only $150 for that hog. After what we've spent on him, he's going home to my freezer.
     

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