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We are looking for a partner for raising homestead hogs. We are breeding a grass fed American guinea hog cross for homestead small acreage production. We only have 1.5 acres, so are limited on grow out space. We are looking for a partner to grow out the piglets. We would do the breeding and farrowing, we want to do a 2 for one grow out. We will give 2 piglets for growing one out for 10 months. We have 3 piglets available right now, 2 males and one female. We feed mostly hay with some veggies and treats, these hogs need a very strict diet. They can't be raised on a grain or pig ration. With proper care and feed they have good lean meat and a hanging weight of 50-70lbs at 10-12 months. We have butchered them before, the meat is very different. Pasture and hay raised pork along with the breed, gives a very red meat with a higher salt content. The fat is also much different, you can't make lard from it.

We want to progress with crossing with a production pig variety to add more genetics to the pool. Then back breed to reenforce positive characteristics. The end goal is to get a homestead hog breed that is small, well tempered to handle, and 75-100 lbs at 10 months hanging. This size and temperament will make small production and home slaughter within easier reach.

Our current breeding sows are gentle enough that my three year old can handle the piglets. They are easy to farrow and have good form.

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Brian
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We are also up for any discussion of breeding or varieties, what can we do to move small pasture livestock forward. Please see our other discussions about our 40 acre future homestead

https://permies.com/t/59741/HR-homestead-future

Our current urban 1.5 acre homestead

https://permies.com/t/67869/Seattle-homestead

Tree varieties for eastern Washington

https://permies.com/t/88417/Tree-varieties-zone-eastern-Washington

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Brian
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