Friday, November 30:
Report on feeding five hundred-pound pigs: that is, (5) one hundred pound pigs:
Three hundred row feet of table beets lasted them about a week, with supplemental feed in the form of about two gallons of skim milk a day, plus about a pound of corn, free choice hay (not of the best quality), and whatever scraps came from the monastery, where the Franciscans waste very little;
sugar beets seemed about as popular;
turnips don’t seem quite as palatable.
Another change is that the pigs, like the chickens, are getting grain according to the dietary precepts of Weston A. Price, that is, the grain is soaked for some time before being offered to the animals, the soaking liquid generally being raw skim milk or whey, although sometimes vegetable broths or the cooking water from pasta is also used. Not that we set out to put our pigs on a people diet; rather, those sources we can find for farm animal diet prior to the twentieth century most often cite some version of grain or grain-wastes soaked in dairy product. Ask John Seymoure; ask Wilbur the Pig.