Sunday, June 3, 2012
We are just about to sell another 9 of our pigs. As we are still in the early stages, and trying not to spend too much money before we earn it, we are just using word of mouth to sell our pork. This is obviously working, as we sold out in a very short period of time and have even had to knock some people back. It's really positive too, because we have a lot of new customers this time. Each time we get a few more, so that bodes well for the future. Of course we are only selling 9 a month on average, and to make a living we are going to need to sell about 30 per month! We are slowly growing our breeder base to get to this sort of production by next year. We are having a go at nitrate free ham and bacon this time around. Hopefully it'll taste as good as the conventional ham, but just won't be the same colour. Of course it'll be much healthier for us! This day and age with fridges and freezers, nitrates aren't really necessary, it's just that it's what people expect. All in all the future for this kind of food product is really good. It does help that the product in question tastes so good! The last lot we sold were quite fatty, but as we still have some of the same customers coming back for more, it can't have been too bad. One of the problems with the type of pigs we are breeding,heritage breeds, is that they tend to get too fat. They are the only sort to be practical though as the white pigs can get too sunburnt. And of course, fat = flavour! They live a very happy (albeit short) life - they run around playing and just seem to be content. That's what free range is all about!