Friday, November 22, 2013

Natural Farmed Pigs For Sale

We have six meat pigs, now weighing in around 170 pounds, so they are just about ready to become some of the most delicious pork you have ever tasted!  In two weeks they should reach between 180-200 pounds. 

Cost will be $5/pound, live weight.  Kulana, in Hilo, charges .56/pound slaughter fee, with an $84 minimum; the break-even point is 180 pounds which is why we aim for that weight.  However, if you like your pig a little on the smaller side, they are ready go at any time now. 
We will transport the pigs to Kulana and you will pick up from there.  You can do the butchering yourself or arrange with Kulana to do that for you - but let us know which way you want to go with that so we can fill out the proper forms when we drop off the pigs.  If a whole pig is too much for you, it's okay to order a half.  Of course, if you prefer to pick up your pig live from our farm in Pahoa, that works, too.

These piggies have been raised expressly using Korean Natural Farming methods.  They will be succulent prime pork through and through.   Fed exclusively on organic non-gmo feed from Scratch & Peck Feeds and organic greens, sugarcane, and other goodies from our farm, they have a good and happy life with lots of love, pets, and attention.  They will be humanely dispatched.

If you are local on the Big Island and have an interest in purchasing some of the wonderful pork from our farm, get in touch with us.  We only have six pigs to sell at this time, so get your order in now!  Email

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Crunching Numbers

To keep us occupied while waiting for Spot's litter to arrive, we've been going over some of the basic costs of raising the previous batch of pigs to butchering size. Here's what we've come up with.

In the last 2-1/2 months, we've saved 42 pounds of feed by utilizing the feedcrops we're growing: sugarcane & the protein plants (mulberry, moringa, and cassava leaves). In two more weeks, these pigs will be six months old and weigh between 180-200 pounds, and they will sell for $5 per pound, live-weight.

When you consider the total amount of organic non-gmo feed we've given them over their 4-1/2 months since weaning, it comes to $3.00/pound, which will leave us with $2.00/pound profit to offset other costs of raising them, such as tools & equipment, gas to pick up the feed from the docks, and such like.

So basically, we're making about $12 a day on this little venture, or $2 a day per pig.

It'll take many, many years to pay off the costs of infrastructure this way. And of course, all our labor is free because, face it, farming is pretty much a labor of love. You must love what you're doing to make this lifestyle worthwhile - and we do.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Big Mama's Small Litter

Big Mama had an easy delivery on Halloween night, the last night of October.  But there were only four piglets in this litter, all females.

In trying to figure out why the litter was so small, a few things have come to mind.  One, Big Mama got sick and was off her feed at weaning time for the previous litter.  Since sows come into heat only 3-5 days after weaning, right when she was feeling poorly and not eating, her body probably went into starvation mode and didn't produce very many eggs at breeding time.

Big Mama in foreground, very pregnant and feeling just fine.

Another possibility is that we didn't catch her at the exact right time.  A sow's heat lasts only 36 hours, and we have to get her bred twice (12 hours apart) during that time to ensure a good "take".  The signs of heat can be subtle as a sow gets older, so it can be hard to catch her early enough for the second round to do any good.

We'll give Big Mama one more chance to provide a good-sized litter.  And hopefully Spot will come through with another big batch like her last one, to help off-set the costs of her sister's small litter.

All four piglets are healthy and growing fast, as one would expect with such an abundant milk supply!  They are such cute little things and very friendly.

Only one day old, already curious.

PS: The farm book is now available in .pdf form, as well as paperback.  This should make it easier for our international readers to obtain a copy.  See the links at the left to order your copy today.