I’m kind of sad. I sold Bewilder today, (pictured). He was one of the first two herdboars used on my new farm, (Able, the other boar, died). He weighed 680 lbs. and I received 14 cents per pound for a grand total of 95 dollars.
If he would have been doing his job better I would have kept him longer, but he was no longer consistently settling sows. It’s amazing how much he grew. Look at him in this post from last year. He gained over a pound per day since then, and I’m feeding less grain than I ever have.
Alas, I run a business and I can’t keep any dead weight around even though I would like to. This is something that is giving Shepherd some distress. He just can’t continue to butcher his showpigs. I thought we had reached a fine compromise by designating some species as pets, (goats, alpacas), and other species as business, (cattle, hogs), but this doesn’t work for him. He gave it a fair shake, showing and butchering hogs at the fair twice, but he doesn’t want to anymore and I’m not going to push him.
We want him to stay in 4-H because we think it’s valuable and he likes it. I asked him what he thought he could show at the fair. He said crops, so I’m going to help him grow and sell sweet corn next year. I’ll let you know how it goes.