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Freeballing Pigs

LegumeLegume Posts: 8,212
No, really.  That's the right title.

You may have to join Medium to read this, but it's worth a read if you're interested in some aspects of how pigs are raised, specifically male pigs, and how one farmer (rancher?) is trying to leave them boys where they are.

https://medium.com/mel-magazine/when-it-comes-to-pork-free-balling-is-the-new-free-range-4bc25a175b6f#.rwqa3fbip

Austin, TX

Comments

  • sloveladslovelad Posts: 1,715
    No need to join, I read se of it... Stopped reading when it said "pigs do fee the pain of castration" ... Well i can already see where that crap is going... Who cares if the pigs fee the pain... How do they few when you cut their brothers head off when they are next in line...
  • pineypiney Posts: 1,304
    They are pigs! Food for humans! 
    Lenoir, N.C.
  • ElijahElijah Posts: 293
    slovelad said:
    How do they few when you cut their brothers head off when they are next in line...

    If given the opportunity, they'll lick every drop of blood off the ground. It's bothersome, really. 



  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,212
    That's funny @slovelad, please tell me where it's going?

    Selective breeding?  Better pork?  I'm not from PETA, I'm not an animal rights activist, I thought it was cool this guy engineered his way around the issue and came up with a better quality pork product.
    Austin, TX
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    Nothing worse than boar taint...
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • womauswomaus Posts: 46
    Nothing worse than boar taint...
    Was that a typo? Did you mean to type "boring"?
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,336
    Interesting read, although I'm not sure everyone will agree with this:
    Besides, boars look like body-builders: They grow faster and are about 10 percent more efficient than barrows at turning feed into meat. Barrows are fattier. And in the end, customers want meat, not fat.

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  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    @botch my thoughts exactly. How lean do you want your pork?  
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,212
    You guys suck.
    Austin, TX
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    Should've waited a day....
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,476
    Interesting, I'd try it.
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  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    I'd bet they're happier too. I know I'm happier free ballin' vs the alternative. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,336
    I've often wondered, if dictators were castrated (Putin, al Assad, Cheney, Kim Jong Un, et al) would the world be a more peaceful place?  
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    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
     
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    They'd all be less aggressive and less horny, apparently. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    OTOH, wouldn't castration technically lead to more taint?
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,336
    taint necessarily so. 


    <groan>

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    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
     
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    Bump because free ballin and taint....
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 8,798
    In general, I find balls a deal breaker.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

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  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,211
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
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