Yes & same here. Quite lean, too.Oh heck yes! I have pork belly in the freezer waiting to be made into bacon. I need to get to it...just too much going on right now.
Breed selection comes down to your objectives for your flock.
100% agree on both. I understand commercial "needs" for speed and profit. At my farm I don't have that stress and enjoy not having to conform to that intensity. Besides, the calmer family units are more appealing to my soul.Breeds and breeding come down to your management plan. For folks like us, heritage breeds just make sense.
Bay, you can get more eggs from good ol' Black Australorps than you ever will with sex link birds. Except, with the BAs, you can get tons of eggs for up to 5-7 years as opposed to the SL birds 1-3. BAs lay like machines in all seasons and for years. They are healthy, friendly, quirky, can be a little loud at times, and when they do go broody, they make excellent mamas.I have 5 red sex links, I know Bee, but I wanted EGGS!! LOL And I have 10 Delaware hens, won't have them again! I have 4 Easter Egger hens, 3 of them with the HATED rooster, but I bought an incubator, have 14 chicks and 27 eggs in the 'bator. I am still searching for "the" chicken breed. I like Australorps and Speckled Sussex, but have not had either one.
We raise feeder pigs to slaughter size. The first batch were Large Black crossed with Berkshire. This batch is Red Wattle. I don't want to keep sows and a boar, I'll patronize those that do raise piglets and buy theirs.
Sheep are Dorper/Katahdin crosses, so I don't feel like I am "saving" a sheep breed from extinction.
Do you get bacon from the AGH? Or are they too short bodied? The Red Wattle are a bacon hog, I am drooling already!