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Registered: ‎10-25-2010

Re: question

I ran 40-50 sows for most of my life. I gave it up in 2009 when my facilities were about completely worn out, and I lost the last local market for my hogs. It just didn't make sense to haul 20-30 hogs at a time, on an all-day round trip. I had to take a few loads doing that, starting at 7 AM and getting home late afternoon. I still feel a small hog guy, with his own grain, could raise hogs at as low of cost as anyone, but that does one no good when there is no way to market them. Also, be sure to check out environmental laws. Part of why I didn't rebuild was all the regulations involved with new hog buildings, and the costs incurred. It makes it very hard to make it pay unless on a large scale.