Monday, March 10, 2008

How Much is that Piggy in the Barn?

One of the curious questions in our home has been "How much do you think the pigs weigh?" Our plan has been to slaughter them around the end of April. I don't mind the pigs, but the smell is starting to get under my nose a bit. Michael has tried to measure them with a string in the past, but the little porkers wouldn't cooperate. Yesterday Michael and Jacob did finally get a measurement

Provide the pig with something to eat and have a string handy. Measure him around his body just behind the front legs. This is his heart girth. Then measure his length from the base of his tail to the middle of his ears. To determine his weight use the following: heart girth times heart girth times length and divide by 400. If the answer is under 150 pounds, add 7 pounds, and that is the hogs weight.

Missy wanted to help "hold" the pig. She had a look on her face as if to say, "And you think I smell bad??"

Our pigs weigh approximately 160 pounds. I am still amazed that they will reach 250 pounds by the end of April. However, they are eating us out of house and home so there is a possibility that they will gain the desired amount of weight between now and then. We will just have to wait and see. The last time we butchered hogs, they were too lean. I couldn't fry sausage or make gravy without adding oil to the pan. This time I want a bit more fat on them. I am willing to wait.
grace and peace,

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