Final Pork Costs

Well folks, the numbers are in…

The initial cost of purchasing two piglets was $90.00. We incurred $89.61 in fees for bedding and medical supplies. Total feed costs were $261.63 for 1250# of feed. Total processing fees were $267.10. The grand total for raising these pigs was $708.34 Total weight for the four halves was 306 lbs. So the total cost per pound was $2.31 lb.

This cost does not take in to account the $175.17 that Ryan spent to revamp the pig/calf shed. That would make the cost about $2.88 lb (less if we assign a bit of that to the calves).

The costs could have been a bit lower if we would have found the wood chip guy sooner. (I did not include the few bucks Dad was giving him or the gas to haul the chips). Not much we could do about the feed costs because we were just about on target with the 600# necessary to raise an animal. The wormer and antibiotic was a bit spendy also, but again, another necessary evil of raising animals.

This morning the animals’ water was frozen…another thing we’ll have to deal with.

Snow, pigs

Snowed last night, roads were a little slippery coming home from Franklin.

We’re going to have to be more committed to getting up early in the morning – the mornings just aren’t long enough right now.

Going to fetch the pork from the butcher this afternoon. Yum.

Monday November 17 2008

I’m back dating this just because I am supposed to be posting every day here and I want to try to make that commitment.

Not much happened at the farm Monday, though.

… And you can’t say I didn’t warn you …

OK, so here’s the view this morning. Was I right or was I right? Granted, it’s not a “blizzard”. But I’m sure there’s more on the way.

The next four projects for the farm (and they are related) are:

  1. Move the cows to the west lawn (I’m not looking forward to having the lawn all beat up, but we don’t have a choice right now)
  2. Get the “old” pasture plowed (part of Tara’s pasture recovery project)
  3. Get some more hay for the cows (probably from cousin Terry)
  4. MUST get chicken nest boxes done. The chickens are getting ready to lay!

I need to get the garage cleaned too; I’m going to need the workspace.

P.S.: Here’s a pic of the flock. They’re getting big, but not quite ready to butcher, so we’re probably going to have to do that ourselves. We may just start doing one at a time, have “fresh” chicken for Sunday dinner!

Evening Update:
After talking to Tara I’ve decided we’re not going to be able to plow and seed the pasture this year.
Plan B is to do a frost planting of the pasture next spring. We would know by early June if that was going to work; if it doesn’t we could go ahead and plow the pasture then.

Ready or not, here comes winter …

The picture is from last year, but it’s a foretaste of what’s coming.

Today is actually very mild temperature wise, just wet.

The pigs are at the butcher; the cows are still here, and are likely to be here through the winter. That means feeding, watering and sheltering the critters through the bad weather. Bummer.

The chickens are doing well, but aren’t going to make it to the butcher, either, which means I will have to butcher them myself most likely.