The pigs are here! We got 6 little piggies delivered yesterday from a farmer in Plateville, WI who raises organic berkshire pigs.
We’ve raised pigs during the summer for the past 4 years. We always have one for pig roast, one to split between us and Liz’s parents for meat for the year and then the rest we sell to raise the money for paying for the feed. We don’t really make a profit but it’s nice to have free organic pork. We’ve raised, Duroc, Berkshire, and Yorkshire. The Berkshire pork is by far the tastiest and now that we are raising them on pasture they are so much more lean. The man who dropped off the pigs told us that Berkshire bacon can sell for up to 15 dollars a pound and that all the top restaurants won’t use any other type of pork.
Even though we have them on pasture we still feed them corn as well. We also supplement with food scraps and whey from a local cheesemaker. This is our first year doing this and I can’t wait to see how much leaner and tastier this makes the pork!