The Fatties

We’re raising five pigs this year.  One of them is for a group of friends in town.  Her name is Gracie.

Gracie, chewing on my boot.

Gracie, chewing on my boot.

The other four are named Fatty, Fattie, Fattee and Fattye.

The Fatties

The Fatties

They’re eating fifty pounds of feed per day now.  I misjudged how much we would need so today we’re making the 2 1/2 hour drive, each way, to Sunrise Feeds in Stuarts Draft to restock.

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I taped one of the Fatties yesterday and got an estimated weight of 230.  They’re growing fast these days.

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We’ll only have them for another month or so.

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When they’re gone, it won’t be the same around here without them.

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22 comments on “The Fatties

  1. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, pigs are indeed entertaining aren’t they. They just seem to be filled with energy and curious about every thing. They are definitely driven by food. They are constantly in search of the next mouth full of food. They just seem to have fun all the time. Life should be so simple for me. I seem to complicate life with un necessary stuff at times. But then I do enjoy living a little bit above the survival mode. I even tend to move into the luxury mode in some areas. Unfortunately, what used to be a luxury has in today’s world become a necessity.

    Have a great piggy day while you can.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    What a crew. And I’m tickled to see you’ve followed the George Foreman school of naming. You were a little more creative with the spelling, but it’s still fun.

    Reading about them was a quick trip back to grade school, too: land of a thousand insults. “Fatty, fatty, two by four, can’t get through the bathroom door” comes to mind. One of my little girl friends was taunted with that for a couple years — presumably because she was the skinniest one among us. “Four eyes” was in there, along with the evergreens, like “Your mama wears combat boots.” It was the midwestern playground version of playing the dozens on the streets of NYC. Good memories!

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    • Bill says:

      When I was a boy I had a friend who, while not fat by contemporary standards, was big for back then. He liked to say, “Fatty and skinny laying in bed. Fatty rolled over and skinny was dead.” I was skinny.

      Of course the porcine standard of beauty makes “fatty” a compliment not an insult. They appreciate their names.

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  3. ain"t for city gals says:

    I wish I was on the waiting list for one of the Fatties!

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  4. bobraxton says:

    fifty feed per day

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  5. They look really excellent Bill. Solid, but not overconditioned. You’re going to have some great pork there. 50 lbs – so about 10 lbs/pig/day? That seems high to me (I got up to 8 lbs/day/pig with my pair), but they do look really good, so you’re obviously doing it right. Do they have that whole paddock to play in? It looks huge!

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    • Bill says:

      After posting this I got an email from a friend and fellow pig farmer who made the same observation. Y’all forced me to do some math. 🙂 I feed ours twice a day and one 50 lb bag gives me about 2 1/2 feedings these days. So it’s about 8/lbs per pig per day or 40 lbs total. I knew I was opening a new bag every day, so I just rounded up.

      They have a six acre paddock within which to express their pigness (as Joel Salatin would say). 🙂

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  6. Oink! I am thinking 50 pounds per day, 1500 pounds per month. No wonder bacon is so expensive. -Curt

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  7. Laura says:

    My daughter just got her pigs last week, eating just a little now, but with 3 pigs, the feed bill will be going up dramatically soon.

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    • Bill says:

      Yes it will. 🙂 We give ours surplus from the garden too, and these days they’re able to eat a lot of acorns too. But there’s no getting around a big feed bill.

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      • Laura says:

        Have you stored acorns before? Trying to figure out the best way without them rotting.

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      • Bill says:

        No, not really. I’ll gather up a bucket of them now and then for the hogs, but I’ve never tried to keep any for any length of time. I would guess that as long as you keep them dry they should keep though the winter.

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  8. Dee Ready says:

    Dear Bill, I admit that as a vegetarian for 34 years my heart lurched a little when you said they’d be gone in a month. But as my mom used to say to me when I’d be confused about why someone didn’t think as I did, “‘Everyone to their own desires,’ said Mrs. O’Malley as she kissed the cow”!!!!! Peace.

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    • Bill says:

      My wife and daughter are vegetarian and I only eat meat from animals from this farm (in order to guarantee that they were raised humanely and respectfully). So we fully understand, appreciate and (in some cases) practice the vegetarian/vegan ethic.

      We raise the animals on this farm with as much care, compassion and humanity as we can and we don’t take their lives for granted or disrespectfully. We provide the animals here with food, shelter, medical care when they need it, and protection. In exchange some of them nourish us and contribute the sustainability of our farm. Without farms that operate on our ethic then all farm animals would end up in the cruelty of factory farms. We offer ethical non-vegetarians the ability to avoid complicity in that.

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      • Dee Ready says:

        Dear Bill, thank you for sharing with me your family’s commitment to raising animals with “as much care, compassion, and humanity” as you can. I applaud you for that and think you are truly offering “ethical non-vegetarians” to avoid being part of the horrific factory farms and the cruelty that’s there and in the slaughter house. Peace.

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  9. […] The Fatties.  We had great pigs in 2014.  They look so small in this post from last […]

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