The ins and outs of raising pigs

Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 6:12 PM CDT
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(WEEK) - I’m in Forrest, Illinois at Blunier Farms for a piggy playdate.

Let’s talk to Kent Blunier and he’ll tell us more.

We do this a couple times a year with some groups of people that we know. We’re gonna have a bunch of kids and their parents are coming out and we’re gonna walk through and kind of talk about what we do in the hog house here - how we raise our pigs and how we keep them healthy -- then we’re gonna give them a chance to try to catch a pig and hold it.

Why do you think this is important to get people from what we call the nonfarming consumer areas of the town and cities to come on out to the farm?

I think even in the age of social media where we have a lot of exposure to things we get further separated from how we raise pigs -- what goes on on a farm -- and just misinformation in general -- you know things that you find on the internet some people take as golden and I like to give them an opportunity to come out and see what we do here and see firsthand.

Now one of the things that is always misinformation is that we stuff these barns -- pardon the pun - like sausages and that the animals can’t move around. They look like they’re doing pretty good right now...

And they are right now -- these pigs are about 25 pounds and they have plenty room where they’re at but the pens that they’re in are sized so that when they get to be almost 300 pounds there’s still plenty of room for everybody to walk around everybody the lay down and get to a feeder water if they need to.

And they’re calm, they’re interfacing with each other, they’re kinda like puppies they’re are playing with each other and enjoying their time. It’s like 30-35 degrees out right now and what’s the temperature in this room?

In the room we’re in it’s 76 degrees right now.

Now, if these little pumpkins were outside they’d be a little bit cold and they don’t make piggy piglet sweaters so it’s nice for them to be inside, be in temperature-controlled and have ready access to food and water.

Absolutely - and it’s for the health of the animals. This is just something that we really enjoy doing and we’re happy to share what we do with a lot of other people.

Kent, thanks for being with us.

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