Tuesday morning Ian made the trip to Neosho to pick up a new set of weaned hogs from Farmer Roger.
At 6 weeks old, to say they’re cute is an understatement.
The first hogs came to our farm in the spring of 2021. By the end of the year we had found Farmer Roger (thanks Facebook!) and have sourced hogs from him ever since.
Pigs By the Numbers
Average weight of a 6-week-old weaned pig coming to our farm 5 months
How long each pig grows on our farm 380 pounds
Average live weight of a hog at harvest 750 pounds
Total amount of feed one pig will consume as they grow on our farm 150 pounds
Average amount of retail-ready pork from 1 hog
Choosing to source weaned pigs vs. raise our own was a business decision. Here were the big factors we considered...
Large upfront investment for buying breeding stock.
Labor and cost to construct pens/housing separate from the cattle.
Huge learning curve to manage breeding, farrowing and raising young piglets.
Carrying extra feed cost for the breeding stock.
A particular challenge to being a small business owner/farmer is figuring out when to "boot-strap or DIY" and when to outsource.
Now if only I could just magically conjure a pig made entirely of bacon...
Then I'd be onto something!
Your farmer, not a magician,
PS - Mark your calendars to visit the ROAR Expo in Republic on Saturday night, August 6 from 4-7 pm. Connect with local businesses, enjoy live music, food trucks, a kid zone and more. I'll be a vendor telling folks about our farm and sharing free beef stick samples. Get more info >
The long silver shed that houses our chickens can also be accessed by our harvest-ready beef and hogs, too. It’s original to the property from its days as a dairy. We’ve tweaked and improved it over the last 7 years. To only imagine all the animals it’s seen and housed over the years!
From Kassi's Kitchen
By now, you know how much I value a fast, simple dinner. Combining ground sausage with frozen veggies in the skillet checks both boxes for me. Bonus points for rehearing well, meaning it would work well for lunches too.
⭐ Customer Review Spotlight⭐
I can tell such a difference in your meat v the grocery store's, most notably in the fat. The fat of Blue Silo meat just tastes GOOD! There's flavor. We cooked some for my dad recently, and he was like, "What is different with this meat?!?!"
Visit our local retail partners to pick up a package of our Beef Sticks. We love having product on the shelf of other businesses!
The Keen Bean Coffee Shop - Mt. Vernon
The Keen Bean Coffee Shop - Monett
Black Lab Coffee - Republic
Black Lab Coffee, Galloway - Springfield
Hines Street Pharmacy - Republic
Heather Hill Farms - Ozark
J & J Cheese Factory - Highlandville
Zenith Climbing Center - Springfield
Tantara Farms - Springfield
The Grill Guys - Republic
Itty Bitty City - Springfield
Mercy Hospital Cafeteria - Springfield
Battlefield Pharmacy - Battlefield
Blue Silo is operated by Ian & Kassi Glassman and family. We are proud to grow beef, pork and chicken to feed our neighbors in Springfield, MO & the surrounding Ozarks. Buying local food changes lives and keeps the lights on for small farms like ours.