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I had a neighbor who used to buy PBP"s at the auction for $5 each. He butchered them and his family ate them. He said that they tasted good, but had a lot of fat compared to a hog.Someone locally was offering four PBP"s on freecycle- I was trying to figure out if it was even worth the gas $$$ to go pick them up. We just put one sow and two 50 pound piglets in the freezer, so we don"t need the meat. We also do not feed pork to our dogs, on our vet"s advice, so I decided to pass on this particular opportunity. But, for the next time, thought I"d ask.
PB piggos came over from Vietnam, and like Americans do with everything that is tiny and cute at birth, we made them a "pet", and so they are recognized as such in our culture. Guess what they were/are used for in Vietnam? :1pig:In seriousness, if the ones your neighbor butchered were fatty, it likely had a lot to do with the way they"d been fed, most likely as "pets" prior to his aquisition. A bit further down the forum, there"s a post about "griller pigs" that I think will give you lots of info--she"s raising and eating PBs.Susan
Pork poses no harm to dogs more so than any other meat, freeze any non commercial meat for three weeks before feeding, any store bought meat is frozen that long from point a to point b. If you would like the research please PM me and I will see if I can dig it all up. I had the same fear as you did based on what I had heard but I stand corrected.
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There is a guy that used to be on here that raised pastured pot bellied pigs.www.windridgefarm.us/potbellypigs.htmHe uses them for food.If you don"t let your pigs get all fat and lazy, the meat should be lean and good.We got two PBP in October for this purpose.We are fortunate that we got "farm" pigs and what appear to be good stock. They are long and lean with no jowls hanging and nice long backs. They look tasty, though very small and really darn cute. We will be eating the babies I do believe.The sow is tilling up next year"s garden plot expansion adn the boar is in a double stall in the barn.He was never trained to electric and we have to build a small pen and train him. When we do we will put him out with "Dainty" pig and they can till together.All in all we are pleased with the pigs so far and the job she is doing in the field.They are staying lean and very muscular. We have great hopes for a tasty meat.
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