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Re: “Craig Deihl won't cook just any old hog

The last few sentences in the last paragraph of this article are very mileading. They make it sound like production of these hogs in wood lands is a great idea. It isn't. Raising pigs in a forest setting is environmentally devastating. Raising them in pasture is a little better, but requires intense attention to managing the environmental impact of the pigs. Pigs are not native to North America. As an exotic species, they do not fit in well with native flora and fauna. It is important to conserve rare breeds like this so their genetic diversity is available if needed. And having them available as an artisian food source fulfills a growing niche market as the article points out. But one would be well advised to carefully consider all of the raminfication of producing this type of pork before diving in. Some producers can do it well and make a decent living at it. But many will find that the down side isn't worth what profit they will make. This is especially true of the damage to the land where the pigs are kept. They eat birds, rabbits, berries, roots and everything else in their path.The foot traffic and rooting can change or destroy micro-ecosytems and lead to soil erosion. To avoid environmental damage, the stocking density has to be very, very low. Most land owners don't want that.

Having raised pigs in open lot settings and taught agriculture for a while, I can tell you that getting into the hog business is not as simple as this article makes it sound.

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Posted by Former Ag Teacher on February 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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