And there's a virus that's killing pigs all over the place, which means that there we're short between 4 and 5 million pigs nationwide.
Plus high feed prices and relatively low profit margins, and even some small pig producers left the market locally.
So the result of all of that is that we sold the first 200 pigs in in about 6 hours. We've got another batch of 100 pigs that we're selling now; raised the price a bit, to $125 each to see if it would slow down the sales, but most buyers aren't even blinking. They're feeling like they either get a pig or not this year, and most would rather have them.
My piglet production this year is up; we're getting larger litters, and weaning more; most of that is due to better facilities at the new farm -- we can keep the pigs warmer and dryer and cleaner during the hard winter months, and I've also reserved 10 gilts out of the 300 pigs so far this year to increase our production a little bit more.
Pig sales are a little bit of feast or famine. I'll have 100 pigs born in a day, and look at them and think that I'm drowning in pigs. And then 8 weeks later, when I see all of them go in a couple of hours, I wish I had 500 more to sell.
Short term this is good for the bottom line. Long term, if it's too much trouble to get pigs, people will just not raise them.
I have 26 pigs that will be ready in 3 weeks, and 15 more ready in 5 weeks; I'm taking deposits on them, and we'll hold them for 2 weeks after their pickup date with a deposit in hand. Otherwise it's first-come, first served.