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    who wants breakfast?

    I have long had a fondness for hogs, we used to finish out 1200 per year, a far cry from what what is todays norm, but back in the day we were considered a large hog farm. We also raised 600 head of cattle a year, then went into the cow/calf side of things.

    I left the family farm in 1989, I was to be the fifth generation farmer, but with drought and then floods I couldn't take the poverty anymore and decided to leave the family farm and become a building contractor.

    ....problem is....I never really wanted to leave the family farm.....raising a family and hoping to give them a chance at a good life was the root of my leaving......so, now that my kids are raised and doing well, I have this gnawing in the back of my head to get back to my roots, where I was comfortable, where I felt a closeness with who I really am......

    I know I can never return to what once was, but I can still hang on to my past....my roots. It is part of the reason to keep 30 acres and grow crops, part of the reason I built a gambrel barn......the reason I bought the 3020 John Deere.......the reason I help dad restore all these tractors, it is who we are and what we are.

    So......a very long story short, I got a few hogs today to raise for meat.....they go along with the chickens I been raising for eggs.







    Bacon and eggs will be served every Saturday morning with hot coffee.....now the wife wants me to get a few steers.

    Who wants to come over for breakfast?
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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    Fresh pork, fresh eggs.......sounds like your own slice of heaven on earth, Steve. Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Stratton View Post
    Fresh pork, fresh eggs.......sounds like your own slice of heaven on earth, Steve. Congrats!
    Yeah, but for the chickens its just a contribution. For the hogs, its the ultimate sacrifice .
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    Good to see you heading back in a direction you want to go. Farming definitely seems to get in peoples' blood, and it sounds like you've got it bigtime. Congrats on the new hogs.

    LOML would never make it as a farmer's wife, though. All the animals would have names, and butchering them would be out of the question. I, on the other hand, have no qualms about raising animals for food. I like to eat red meat just to remind myself where I am on the food chain.
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    Steve.......With us it's pork sausage.....Sunday brunch.......sausage, eggs (either an omelet or scrambled with peppers, onions, sausage and cheese), homemade biscuits and gravy, and potatoes.

    Sunday is the one day a week that we have a "real farm" breakfast.

    I can remember sitting down to the breakfast table at my maternal grandparents farm.....a platter of eggs.....a platter of sausage or bacon......a huge bowl of milk gravy.......a platter of biscuits........Everything served "family" style. Of course, milk from the spring house (it saved on the cost of ice in the summer), fresh churned butter for you biscuits.

    BTW....the chickens end up paying the ultimate sacrifice too! Fried....thank you.
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    Nice looking pigs Steve.

    I think its great to see more people getting back to raising their own food.

    As for the pigs themselves, I think they have a very bad, uncalled for reputation. First off, if given the environment they prefer to be, very, very clean. They also have incredible ability at smell and can detect good and bad food,and will go for the good food first. But the last thing is their intelligence. They are incredibly smart animals.

    Growing up we had one named Mr Bacon. What a great pig, though he thought he was a dog. He would play with us kids, wait for us to get on and off the school bus,and even went down the slide...until one day his size got to be too big for the flimsy steel slide and he folded it in half.
    I think it was not too long after that Mr Bacon "ran away", but it was not too bad, shortly after he ran away we suddenly had in influx of bacon in the freezer.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    LOML would never make it as a farmer's wife, though. All the animals would have names, and butchering them would be out of the question. I, on the other hand, have no qualms about raising animals for food. I like to eat red meat just to remind myself where I am on the food chain.
    Vaughn, I have often heard that myself, the line being "If I meet it, I can't eat it", but that is not as true as it sounds. With every animal, it gets easier and easier and after a bit of time you forget that the bacon was Mr Bacon and its just bacon.

    Then there is the taste. There is a HUGE difference in pork, beef, lamb and chicken that you have raised yourself (or at least know were raised right). I eat off-the-shelf-grocery-store meat myself, so I am not afraid of what is in the beef, lamb and chicken, but I do wish they would clean up the beef and poultry business some. The difference between the two is quite profound.

    As for the names, I take great pride in naming my animals cutsie names like this just to remind myself of what they are on this planet for.

    Ribeye: Beef
    Tenderloin: Beef
    Big Mac: Beef
    Lassie: Pork
    Lambchops: Lamb
    Mr Bacon: Pork
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Travis, I grew up around fresh butchered meat, even helped slaughter hogs as a kid, so I can deal with it easily. My city slicker wife is a different story, though. For starters, she's not a vegetarian, but about the only meat she really likes is bacon. (She says ham and pork chops and pork roast etc. are "too fatty".) She also doesn't really like beef, and what little beef she eats had better be cooked within an inch of its life. When we first started dating, I took her to a nice steakhouse. She did order the fillet mignon, but when she told the waiter she wanted it "well done" I thought he was going to have a hemorrhage. She'll eat chicken, but since it's about the only meat she eats regularly, she gets tired of it. Oh, and seafood is out of the question. She for sure won't eat it, and she won't even let me cook it in the house...says it stinks the place up too much.

    That said, I still wouldn't trade her in. She puts up with me, after all.
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    We have raised a few hogs for slaughter. Wife even showed a champion at the county fair once. One year when the fall temps stayed very hot we put off slaughtering later and later......and later. What were supposed to be about 150 pounders ended up over 300 lbs at killing time. Cost us a fortune to feed them out in the hot weather. But those pork chops covered a dinner plate and were the best we ever had.
    Good luck with the hog business. Ifn' we're ever in yer part of the country, count on feeding us breakfast.
    Same here, Casa Fusco is always open.

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    "A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal."
    Winston Spencer Churchill

    Nice looking beasts Steve.

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