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DIY Pasture Pork

We have some fall Idaho Pasture Piglets ready to go! Several IPP feeders ($200/ea or 3 for $175) and a few breeders ($600/ea). We will have more this summer and possibly some this spring fingers crossed. Breeders available are out of Grace/George lines (Clover/Toby).


If you've ever wanted to raise your own pigs, but didn't want to deal with the *tearing up of your pastures, we have the pigs for you! Another plus, since these aren't your usual commercial breed, they do not require 24/7 grain.


The Idaho Pasture Pig breed has been developed over time with three different breeds: Duroc, KuneKune, and Old Berkshire. They have a faster growth rate than that of the beloved KuneKune, they still have some of the lard without being a full lard pig, and they tend to keep the pastures looking nice without tearing them up. Their personalities are docile and should not be mean. Although every animal should be respected, our kids are able to be out with our pigs.


I loved this guy. He has great body confirmation, but he didn't make the breeder list because his teat alignment/count was off. He will be great tasting though!


The meat to feed ratio is great. Butcher age is usually around 9-10 months. The last IPP we butchered was 9 months old, live weight was 265lbs, and hanging weight was 180lbs. A couple photos of him above. We definitely could have weighted another month, but since we were needing to make room for newly weaned fall litters, we made the choice to process sooner. He was getting about 5lbs of feed a day plus good quality hay, and occasionally fresh cows milk on top of that. Since he was in the fattening pen and not out on pasture, we upped the grain another pound to compensate.

 

All of our pigs are fed our non-gmo Native Grains Swine Grower Feed that we purchase by the tote making it much more cost effective. We do grain runs to Idaho approximately every 3 weeks. You can place a swine feed tote order with us here.


We do not vaccinate our pigs, and are careful with what pigs we bring on our farm. We deworm with Ivermectin Pour-On which has been proven to be very effective with pigs.



In addition to the grain we feed, they also get good quality hay. We usually do a grass/alfalfa mix that's not to "stemmy." They will munch on this as well as bed in it.


When purchasing pigs, you'll want to keep in mind that you need at least two. Not only for the companionship that they need, but for a couple other reasons as well. This will help them keep warm during the cold months/cold nights, as well as helps them grow. They thrive on the competition of eating. Pigs that are alone may become board or depressed. Their growth will slow and they may be uninterested in eating much.

Two are better than one anyways because the goofiness of their personalities really comes alive. They are fun to watch which is good for the heart 😊


Hangin out in the A-frame trying to figure out what all that white stuff is.

They will also need shelter. We prefer A-frames as they help hold in the heat and a few can pile in. Specs for these can be downloaded from the IPP site: https://idahopasturepigregistry.com/educations-topics/

 
"Paisley" lounging in the mud hole she rooted up to get cool. We added water to assist her.

*To say that they never dig is in-accurate. All pigs dig to an extent, it's in their nature. If there is a muddy spot, they'll root. If there is a spot with freshly dug up dirt, they'll root. If they smell bugs or roots under the dirt, they'll try and get to them. They'll even start digging up the ground to an extreme if their minerals in their feed aren't right because that's where they'll find them. That being said, if you look at our pastures, you will see very little digging. If you are looking for a breed that will till up your garden however, this breed is not for you.



These little guys found some soft dirt that they are moving around with their noses.



If you would like to learn more about this amazing breed, go to the official IPP website: https://idahopasturepigregistry.com.


If you are interested in purchasing from us, you can text us at (406)361-3777. Or fill out our piglet interest form.

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