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.