First Pig Slaughtered at The Wallow
We had one pig this year that just stopped growing at about 60 pounds. The only upside to that situation is that it provided us a pig we could practice slaughtering and butchering right here at home with less on the line if we fucked up.
Our friend Cameron came over to help out. I was the Dylan-wrangler and the photographer, while Cameron and Joshua did all the dirty work.
I’m putting the rest of this post behind a cut. A detailed photographic record of the process follows along with comments from Joshua. This isn’t a “how to slaughter a pig” by any means, but if you are interested in this process there’s enough to here to give you a good idea of what’s involved.
For more information on raising pigs, these two books are both excellent sources – How to Raise Pigs and Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs. I used both of them when I was getting started. Whether you’re raising pigs for pets, getting started raising a 4H pig, or going purely for yummy pork, either of these books will help you out in getting started.