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Should I buy a pork side if it was grain fed?

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Created April 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

So, I want to diversify my animal eating(currently consuming mostly grass fed beef from a side of beef), and a local farm sells pork sides, but he grain feeds(with local VT grain) his pigs. Should I pass, or go for it since it's a local non-commercial farm?

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on April 24, 2012
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Me personally, I'd probably go for the one that gets veggies & fruit unless it's like twice as much.

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on April 23, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Well, there's another farm that has the same cost per/lb, $4.00, and they specifically say the pigs get local veggies/fruit, and grain is supplemented, vs the first farm that say they only grain feed...

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Non-confinement pork, even grain-fed, sounds good to me!

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on April 23, 2012
at 03:55 PM

If the price is right and the pigs are humanely raised, I'd go for it. Pigs aren't grass-eaters, I believe they just kinda eat whatever they find; it would probably be pretty tough to find affordable pork that feeds exclusively on forage.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 23, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Non-confinement pork, even grain-fed, sounds good to me!

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 23, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Well, there's another farm that has the same cost per/lb, $4.00, and they specifically say the pigs get local veggies/fruit, and grain is supplemented, vs the first farm that say they only grain feed...

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on April 24, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Me personally, I'd probably go for the one that gets veggies & fruit unless it's like twice as much.

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on April 23, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Pigs are omnivores, they'll eat just about anything. Ask him if the grain is non-GMO, which is about as important in a pig as grass-feeding a cow.

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on April 23, 2012
at 04:22 PM

It's no problem for pigs to eat grain. They aren't like cows, which are meant to eat grass.

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on April 23, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Pigs are, well, pigs. They eat anything. I've got a great pig farm near me, they try and give the pigs everything they could ever want, but they still grind some local grain and make it available for times when the forage ain't so good. It gets cold in winter after all. Do the pigs have access to pasture/woods/mudholes? A big advantage of buying from a local farm is you can find these things out. It's up to you, but even if it's not the exact optimal nutrition I prefer my life to have pork in it.

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