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bodger

Suckling pigs?

I asked a Large Black breeder how they went about marketing the LB's that they breed and they told me that a large proportion of their pigs were sold as suckling pigs. Suckling pigs? I thought to myself   So I Googled it.

http://www.farmison.com/butcher/pork/suckling-pig

" bdooly hell" I thought to myself!  "Nice work if you can get it" I thought to myself.  

What's the chance of me developing a market for suckling pigs then ?
perlogalism

The guy I got my LB's off sells most of his piglets for this market. Apparently the Chinese are major buyers. He doesn't get that sort of price though, more like 30 - 40 per piglet.
bodger

So about average weaner price then?
hughesy

I've thought about this before. I couldn't figure out how it would be worth the bother unless you could get a pretty high price for them. Once you've taken into account the cost of slaughter, transport, etc, etc I reckon you'd do better just selling live as weaners. I would think there would be a fairly limited market for suckling pig anyway as most people these days don't want to be looking their dinner in the eye while they're eating it.
rhino

Debbie of hidden valley pigs was offering some on FB at christmas for 90. When I first took some KK's to my abattoir they didn't want to kill them as they said they were too young   I don't think they'd kill a suckler.  
hughesy

I've seen a few weaners at our local abattoir which I can only assume were going for suckling pig. Not very often though.
chicken feed

I know of a few breeders that sell suckling pigs (live) and make over the usual weaner prices.

Our local market has buyers for them too although they have to be tagged no slap marks for the suckling pig buyers to be interested and they usual go for the white pigs. there used to be someone advertising under the wanted in some farming papers asking for white suckling pigs.
bodger

There certainly looks to be a niche market if you can find it.
debbie

those ones at christmas were actually around 20kgs carcass weight and not technically suckling pigs it was the size really due to their breed - they were 5 months old.

However, Bodger, if you want to find a market contact Roast in Borough market - they have contacted us a few times - they don't want actual suckling pigs but small pigs around the 10 -15 kg mark.  They buy in from very small producers - they have contacted us  few times asking us to supply them but its not our thing.  

If you sell direct though, you should get around 80 - 90 for each one - not worth doing it for less as the kill fee is the same - for us 29 per pig.

I did have a spannish lady contact me two christmas ago wanting one but she nearly fainted at the price - she wanted it for 30 - the same as she pays in spain
rhino

I could supply plenty round the 15K mark, would that be dead?
debbie

yes.  last time they contacted my they wanted rare/traditional breeds.  As far as i know they wanted a supply of so many (8 or 10 I think it was) every few months and they have somethign like 20 smallholders supplying them from over the country.  check that though as it was last year that they contacted us
rhino

Interesting information my lot are about that at three month mark or so and I'm averaging around 10 a litter so I'd just need to stagger them over 4 months.
I spent a lot of the day yesterday trying to sort a couple of weaners for a woman, only to finally get a text at 6pm saying she'd got some elsewhere  
hughesy

rhino wrote:

I spent a lot of the day yesterday trying to sort a couple of weaners for a woman, only to finally get a text at 6pm saying she'd got some elsewhere

I don't sell weaners for that very reason. Way too much time wasted waiting around for people to turn up who may or may not actually buy any.
chicken feed

We now have a market supplying two farm shops weaners so no longer sell a couple of weaners here and there due to time wasters, on occasions where pushed we will reserve on receipt of a non returnable deposit. we found the biggest problem was not so much as the no show buyers but those that were not ready on the agreed date so wanting a extra week or two but not wanting to pay more.
hughesy

Yes. People don't seem to understand that a 12 week old pig has cost a month's worth of feed more than an 8 week old pig.

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