Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The price of bacon...

Hey..some of you may remember the post I did way back in July,when Darling Daughter and the Little Slinglets came up to O-Town for a visit.
The Partner invited us to his homestead to pick a share of his garden,and introduce young Jackson to the resident pig.

Well,..he actually makes his barn available for members of the FFA,(Future Farmers of America..Duh.),to house their livestock.
This,he does from a sense of civic responsibility.

Those kids over at the FFA are working hard to breed and raise high quality animals,which they will eventually sell for profit in the hopes of making a few sheckels,while setting a high standard for their chosen field of animal husbandry.

Here's the photo of Jack and the pig..


Dont'cha know that the O-Town County Fair just ended this weekend.
The pig, (a Boar), went up for auction,..and that fine example of porcine genetics ended up going to the lucky bidder for a mere,..

**$12,000.00 FREAKIN' DOLLARS!!!**

I absolutely kid you not!
..I think that's pretty cool.

22 Comments:

At 10:00 PM , Blogger Mom said...

Now that is a whole lot of bacon!

 
At 10:33 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Mom- I'm told by people that must know these things,that twelve grand is kinda the low end of the scale for pedigreed porkers,what with this guy being an unproven stud and all..
The proven thoroughbreds can fetch up to $500,000.00!
..For that kind of money,the sucker oughta win the Kentucky Derby!

 
At 10:43 PM , Blogger Willym said...

and that my friend is what they mean by bringing home the bacon!

 
At 2:25 AM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

I used to raise pigs lile that as a kid - looks like a Yorkshire. They are smart creatures,

 
At 4:52 AM , Blogger Citymouse said...

Back in the good old days of real estate I would bid on the animals and yea--- after $600, well let's just say I still shop at the local store for my bacon.

 
At 5:53 AM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

miss henriettas grand kids take the top ribbons for their steers, calves, goats pigs..etc..one year(the money goes into a fund for college) her oldest one won over $80,000 and he didn't come in first that time..think the winnder brought in 150,000...all of the kids in her family do it and all are going to Texas A&M...to be vets..pretty damn cool..

 
At 7:47 AM , Blogger sageweb said...

Holy flying pigs..makes me appreciate bacon a lot more when it is on sale.

 
At 8:04 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

Yes, pigs are gold. Well, the good 'uns - the breeders - are. It takes a whole lot of money to raise a bunch of pigs, though.

I like when anyone pauses to consider the whole long process and the hidden costs of getting food to our tables. Mind you, I don't personally like to do it, but I like when anyone ELSE does.

 
At 9:21 AM , Blogger jan said...

I'm hoping this guy has a little fun and passes on his DNA before meeting Oscar Meyer,

 
At 9:50 AM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

No wonder my groceries cost so much.

 
At 10:33 AM , Blogger just me said...

I love pigs, always have, well ever since I worked in Swine Production. I had to quit cause the pigs I was desperately trying to save ended up going to Smithfield Packing. Yep, they became Gwaltneys, Smithfield, and various other kinds of bacon.

When my dad raised pigs, he always made the boys help in butchering. I think it was to teach them that the pigs we had were for eating, not petting.

 
At 11:11 AM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Wow, for a pig?! That's awesome! :)

 
At 3:42 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i'm guessing that lucky pig is being put out to stud.

some pigs have all the luck.

 
At 8:32 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Monday,The Partner and I drove past the farm where the pig now lives,and he was doing fine.
Tuesday we drove by,and noticed that the pig had a wooden leg!
When we drove by today,we could see that the pig had two wooden legs!!..
We decided to pull in and ask the owner what the heck was going on.

'Why does your pig have two wooden legs?"..

'Because I paid $12,000.00 for him!'

..'Yeah??'

'Well hell...You don't eat an expensive pig like that all at once!'

..I'm gonna get letters.

 
At 11:36 PM , Blogger more cowbell said...

Ah, the FFA ... brings back memories of high school, the animal barns at the county fair, the smell of the stockyards on Thursdays wafting through the windows of Chemistry class, and those fine boys in their blue jackets, with the Skoal circles imprinted on their back Levi pockets. Wouldn't go back to it, but they did grow some fine looking boys back there ...

 
At 9:56 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

we had 2 lambs across the street that went for $379/pound. They were big ass sheep by the time they went to the Fair.

 
At 1:45 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

ummm...I got to thinkin....that's 3point79 as in $3.79/pound..anypork, I thought that was a lot for a baaaad ass sheep.

 
At 2:34 PM , Blogger apositivepessimist said...

Yowser.

The slinglet will be able to brag about once having his photo taken with a twelve thousand dollar pig.

Bet not many kids [besides farm kids] can say that.

 
At 4:48 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacon

 
At 5:13 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Did you ever come across the Deadwood series...The pigs in that dined on "special" fare...turned me off for a while - excellent series though...made by HBO who made the Sopranos, carnivale, Rome etc

 
At 7:40 AM , Blogger Eternally Curious said...

Bwaahahahahahaha - LOVED your wooden leg funny, Sling!

 
At 8:49 AM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Mmmmmmmmm, bacon......

 

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