Making Money Mondays - Here Piggy, Piggy, Piggy!




Raising our own pork has been such a rewarding experience.  I don't think I have ever enjoyed bacon as much as from our own piggies.  And the sausage?  Oh my!

Ham steaks on the grill?  Delightful!  Fried pork chops?  Yum yum!  When we run out of pork?  So very sad!

Not only is it very good, but these hogs are outside hogs and eat grain, roots, nuts, seeds and our kitchen waste(except meat and bones), which makes for a very healthy meat indeed!

If you haven't raised a pig for meat and you have a little bit of space for them outside, you just might want to try it.  They really are not that hard to raise and the cost of a little 50 pound pig is usually around $40-$50.00.

Step it up a notch and raise a few extra hogs for about 4-5 months or until they reach a good market weight of around 250 pounds, take them to your local processor to get butchered and then sell the sausage, bacon, ham steaks, etc. for a good price.  Or you can sell the hog half or whole.  Just make sure that your local butcher shop knows that you plan on selling the cuts.  They will need to have it inspected so that you can legally sell it.

Once people realize that you raise your pigs in a natural environment, with natural feed sources, you might have them waiting at your door!  Marketing and advertising your pork could be as simple as word-of-mouth or newspaper ads.  You can sell it at a local farmer's market as well.  This is a great way to get your name out there!

One well known family near here raises hogs and they are doing quite well.  They even have a mobile kitchen set up at the county fair, selling their pork burgers.  They also have a catering business which revolves around their pork.  Get creative with marketing your product, pork or not.  Get creative with how you plan on selling your product like this family does.

It could start with just one pig!

More and more people are becoming aware of the undesirable filth that our meat sources are coming from.  They want the opportunity to buy organic, grassfed and/or free range meat.  Sometimes it is hard to come by.  What better way than to help supply those demands by raising a few extra pigs and make some extra money while you are at it!

I will not go into detail on how to raise pigs, it is rather simple, but I merely want you to know that there might be a market in your area for selling pork.  Do your research if this is something that interests you.  Do not dive in without knowing if there is a market for it.

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6 comments:

  1. We were just looking for piglets! I love growing our own food. I just want to raise two this time for our own use to see how it goes. Everyone I talked to around here tells us we have to raise them inside because they will dig themselves out of our fence. How do you keep your pigs contained outside?
    I raise broilers to sell we didn't do it to get rich but to basically get our chicken free. Recently I was asked to sell my chicken soup, but the state law requires me to have a separate kitchen and no animals in the house. I'll have to get creative!

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  2. Keeping them outside is best. We were told to put rings in their noses so they wouldn't dig, but that is what God created them to do. They need the nutrients from the ground and they need to be outside. Plus, it is a lot easier and cleaner, no manure to clean up, and no bad odors!

    We us an electric strand of wire along the bottom of the fence. They respect it!

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  3. We used to run a big hog farm about 12 years ago and definitely agree that it's not healthy. I'm glad that we are not doing that anymore, it was my in-laws operation that my husband and I were helping with. We now raise a few pigs in the summer, outside enjoying the clean, fresh air. I find the pigs to be quite fun and comical. I love raising them. We're hoping to grow some more this summer as we are building a cliental for the meat. We also raise sheep (lots of sheep), chickens, turkeys and laying hens, all helping to pay the feed bills. We haven't raised and sold enough yet to make a lot of money but it's growing. We are looking into dairy goats too. We spend too much money on dairy at the grocery store and it's expensive to buy a dairy cow so we're looking at switching over to goat's milk.

    I really enjoy your site because it's exactly how I enjoy living too, simply and homegrown.

    Nadine

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  4. We raised 4 pigs last year. One for a community pig roast, one for us, and two for other people. The two we raised for the other people paid for the cost of raising our own pig. When we take the pigs to the butcher, the customers determine how they want their pig processed. The pork was so good that this year I'm turning people away that want to buy a pig from us.
    We raised our pigs outside. I believe you have to raise the outside for the best meat and quality of life. Put up a temporary barrier that they can see when they're piglets - with an electric wire fence inside. They get shocked and learn to not touch the fence. We use a solar fencer. Then you take down the temporary fence and they're good to go. You can see what we used at my blog.
    www.fitzgeraldsfamilyfarm.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks for sharing, Nadine and Sharon! It sounds like selling pork is in your future!

    I'll be checking out your website, Sharon.

    I love to hear how you all make a little money on your farms. May He bless you on your endeavors!

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  6. I would dearly love to raise a couple of pigs but, alas, we live in the suburbs and so, no zoning. Unless it's for pet pigs. :(

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