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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