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What do you do to cut expenses down?

Discussion in 'Frugal Living - Making and Saving Money' started by Beekissed, Nov 22, 2011.

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    NH Homesteader

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    If you don't mind paying a vet to do that... Yes it could be a win. They could bleed out easily if you attempt to cut them like you would a young piglet.
     
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    I've heard that too! But YIKES, how do you restrain a critter that big???
     
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    I read an article once about a lady who raised those pet type pigs, not sure which ones now as it's been a long time since I read it. She raised them to sell to people as pets, but she also kept and butchered them for their own use. She had an excellent deal going on....she offered to take back any pigs the owners no longer wanted. As these pigs look really cute when little but soon grow to be not so cute, she often got pigs returned to her~for free, of course~and she would then butcher them.

    That's meat she didn't have to spend money or time on to get to eating size, so I thought that was quite brilliant. She sold them AND got to eat them in the end. That's a win/win in my book.
     
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    That is about the biggest pig that should be done without a vet. I read anything over 4 months, livestock specialists recommend using a vet. I urge people to not attempt castrating an adult boar at home. It is dangerous for both you and the pig.
     
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    Holy cow - I wouldn't even do one that big - I'm a chicken!!
     
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    Neither would I! The guy from Sugar Mountain Farm swears boars under 6 months don't have taint anyway. I've never tested that theory.

    My friend has a 1000+ lb duroc boar that is related to most of his sows, and he's definitely selling, not eating him!
     
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    Oh my goodness. I can't believe how quick that went. I've read about how to do it but never seen it done.
     

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