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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Dec 4, 2011 11:50 AM CST
DH gets to pick a pig. There's 7 of them all ranging between 65 and 80 pounds.

How DO you choose a pig? Biggest, smallest?

Long and hot dog shaped or short and stubby?

Male, female?

Help!
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 4, 2011 8:22 PM CST
What are you going to do with your pig? If you are raising it to slaughter, you get more lean meat from a longer pig and females are generally less trouble.
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Dec 4, 2011 8:33 PM CST
Thank you!
We're raising it to slaughter. Well, we aren't...the guy DH works for is, in exchange for DH doing the chores occasionally.

Is lean meat good in pork? I thought it was all about the fat/marbling but I suppose that's kind of built in to a pig...
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 7, 2012 1:47 PM CST
Lee Anne if you want flavor and tenderness go for the fat pig. Big Grin
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jan 11, 2012 1:05 AM CST
Long and lean, if you have a choice. I always called the fat pigs "pie crust pigs"..........lots of lard and I don't think you want that. Unless you bake lots of pies. LOL
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jan 11, 2012 7:25 AM CST
LOL!! nope, not a lot of pies baked here...

what a decision!!
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jan 11, 2012 9:16 AM CST
I should have specified "long and lean" does not mean "razorbacks". LOL Wish I had a pic of a nice lean hog. I always told hubby that if I had a choice for one to butcher, I'd always pick a gilt that had already had a litter, but didn't breed back (for whatever reason). Best meat I've ever had. Nice sized chops and hams, and not lots of fat. Yum. That's the only part I miss of not having hogs. Oh, and the fact that they were great kitchen trash and "old food" eaters. They loved it when I took my kitchen trash up there..........you could almost hear them "oh, guys, look, here she comes and she has PAPER for us to chew up". They pulverized it and it made good bedding. Green Grin!
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
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Kathleen
Jan 11, 2012 10:18 AM CST
The back side to the long lean ones is that they are harder to catch... just saying

Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 11, 2012 12:55 PM CST
Yep, athletic and fit!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 12, 2012 4:43 PM CST

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I slaughtered the below pictured stocky Hampshire boar a couple years ago. I was very disappointed to have gotten almost no fat out of him; it was the leanest hog I've ever seen.

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Fat is good. You can trim off the excess and render it down into highly valuable lard.

Just make sure you don't get the runt.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jan 12, 2012 11:32 PM CST
Gads, didn't your meat taste and smell "boar-y". You can get distinct boar smell on even a young barrow (250 pounds) that has an undetected undescended testicle. Smells bad and tastes even worse. Boar meat is only good for mixing in for bologna, etc. where it isn't the only meat in it.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jan 13, 2012 7:50 AM CST
I agree. Not recommended eating!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 26, 2012 6:38 PM CST

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I'm so sorry I didn't see your replies - I forgot to watch this thread!

The meat didn't taste or smell boary at all, actually. It was perfectly fine pork that we're still eating on, actually (although we are almost out of it).

I don't know why the meat was fine, I guess we lucked out.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 27, 2012 12:23 PM CST
Gay boar?
Porkpal
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 27, 2012 12:28 PM CST

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Certainly not. He was kept busy with his 5 sows right up until the end.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 27, 2012 3:27 PM CST
My apologies to himself!
Porkpal
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
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Kathleen
Jan 27, 2012 3:51 PM CST
metro boar?

Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 27, 2012 4:21 PM CST
Best home grown pork we've had was raised on Purina's "Lean Generation" feed. Really good tasting and tender, too. And it wasn't just luck; we had three that were raised that way and they were all good!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jan 27, 2012 4:52 PM CST
No beer and massages??? Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 27, 2012 5:20 PM CST
You volunteering? Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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