But boy is the pork delicious! What other animal can give you the diversity of tastes and cuts? (Sorry beef and chicken lovers) Nothing compares to ham, bacon, various sausages, pork chops, pulled pork, lard -- all from one happy animal.
Feeder pigs weigh only about 35 to 45 lbs when they arrive at Taproot. We grow them to "market weight" of about 250 lbs -- which takes us about 20 weeks. Their weight gain is modest for the first couple of months, but really picks up speed the last 4 to 6 weeks.
Hogs are omnivores (like us) so they can eat grains, meats, dairy as well as fruits and vegetables. We purchase hog mash (16% protein) from Hotts AG Services, an independent feed mill in Franklin, WV. And we supplement this standard feed with plenty of our table scraps and damaged garden produce. Plus we allow our hogs to root in the ground for tubers, grubs, worms and, of course, roots -- inside electric fencing on pasture.