Feeder Pigs

Farmers nationwide took part in a government program with its goal to remove 4,000,000 feeder pigs from the farms to curtail many pounds of live pork at a later date. The pigs were to weigh between 75-100 pounds and could be sold for slaughter purchases only.

Farmers nationwide took part in a government program with its goal to remove 4,000,000 feeder pigs from the farms to curtail many pounds of live pork at a later date. The pigs were to weigh between 75-100 pounds and could be sold for slaughter purchases only.

Prices for the pigs would range from a high of nine and one-half cents per pound for pigs weighing 25-50 pounds and a low of six cents per pound for the 95-100 pound pigs.

The pigs had to be of good quality and disease free. The restrictions placed on the packers were the larger pigs were to be slaughtered and made into some form of edible meat while the smaller ones were made into grease or tankage.

Farmers jumped at the opportunity to rid themselves of the now worthless feeder pigs. So many pigs went to market each day that the markets and the packing houses couldn’t handle them. It became necessary to get a permit to sell the pigs and the permit had to be purchased a week n advance

Researched by Wilbur Bush