Michael Y. Park's recent post about the rising costs of food got me thinking about the rising costs of raising food. It is becoming increasingly more costly to raise the food that our nation eats, but the prices some farmers are paid isn't increasing at the same rate. For example, when my dad was raising hogs full-time in the early 90's feed was roughly (this is purely from memory) $5 for 50 lbs of mixed pig feed. Today, I pay between $9 and $10 for a similar mixed feed. The feed prices have about doubled from when my dad was raising hogs twenty years ago, but the supermarket prices of those pork chops haven't reflected the changes in the cost of production.
We raise our pigs on a very small scale, but if you are interested in what it takes to raise them from birth to finish, read on.
-It will take roughly 5 to 6 months to raise a pig from birth to a finish weight of around 250 pounds.
-A pig will eat an average of 6 to 8 pounds of feed per day. In our case the feed isRead More »from A farmer's view on the rising costs of food