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Looking for produce for pig feed
« on: February 17, 2017, 08:18:58 PM »
We are getting two pigs this weekend and I am trying to find somewhere near by that I could get some out dated produce from for pig feed. Growing up we had pigs and we always got old produce from the Orting Food Center but I am striking out everywhere I have contacted so far. We'll be feeding grain but some supplemental vegetables would be nice as well. Does anyone know of any stores that will give away their produce that they are throwing out within a reasonable distance from Graham?
Also any tips on raising pigs would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 08:35:17 PM »
I routinely see a guy picking up old produce at the Graham Safeway. He brings it right out the front door and loads it up into barrels in an ancient hatchback. I don't know if he takes it all, but it could be worth a shot.
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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 08:44:59 PM »
When I called and talked to them they said someone already gets the produce, must be that guy. I may stop in and ask though, maybe there enough to go around. Many of the larger stores I have called have composters that the produce goes directly into at the stores.
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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 09:36:16 PM »
Check with the local food banks as they may have extra

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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 10:12:03 PM »
Be very careful until the pigs are 100# plus, produce will cost way more in lost gains and health issues than it is worth.  They grow fast and need the nutrition especially when small.  Save some on feed after they are 100# or more.  Grain alone will not get the job done either, low quantity and quality of protein, way off on mineral/vitamin requirements and needs to be processed for proper utiization.

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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 10:16:06 PM »
Go to any bread place, Franz on 112 th towards PAC Ave, get on their hog food list, I get a truckload for 25 bucks, best pig food you can find and it produces the best damn pork you will ever throw a lip on !!!
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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2017, 04:17:02 AM »
Mom and pop stores and believe it or not 7-11. 7-11 has to either throw away or donate food daily.

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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 05:35:25 AM »
Go to any bread place, Franz on 112 th towards PAC Ave, get on their hog food list, I get a truckload for 25 bucks, best pig food you can find and it produces the best damn pork you will ever throw a lip on !!!

Reminds me of this. We used to rent a bit of ground to grow hay on that the landowner had a house and animal shed on that he would rent out to someone else. The family that rented the house had hogs and they fed the hogs loafs of bread. And why he did this baffled me and it happened a couple of times but....he always took the empty loaf sacks and threw them in a large round UNCOVERED water trough. It was his garbage can for these plastic bags. Well every time the wind blew it scattered these plastic bags everywhere out in our field.

I gathered them all up one morning and stuck them under the wiper on his truck. He seemed to get the idea that trash blowing all over the place was unacceptable after that.

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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2017, 07:58:03 AM »
Tons of apples drop and go to waste in the summer and fall; would that make good hog feed?
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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2017, 07:07:29 PM »
Thanks everyone for the information, we got the pigs today. Pigs will be gone before apples are on or that would be awesome.
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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2017, 06:53:16 AM »
I second the foodbank option.  I volunteer at the one in Sumner and there's a pig guy that comes every week with his truck...he doesn't even get half of what's available- bread and produce.  The foodbank will likely be very happy...and if you show up on a Saturday as they're stocking, chances are they'll send you home with a case or ten of soda. 

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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2017, 08:12:57 AM »
PM sent @treeclimber
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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2018, 07:20:06 PM »
Safeway distribution center in auburn. It's handles all the returns from the store. They currently have an excess of produce they are eager to dispose of. Contact them for feed options

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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2018, 03:22:56 PM »
We always hit up the franz stores. I want to say last time I was in one they had what they consider "day old" bread, donuts, bagels, etc in big shopping carts for like $5-$10 for the whole cart. More than once those donuts have gone in the freezer and been consumed for our good luck hunting breakfast come September. Everything else goes to the pigs on top of the grain we give them plus anything else we don't use. Egg shells, cantaloupe skin, etc. We always finish for the last 3-4 weeks feeding them wet cob. We have found that it thins the fat a bit and gives the meat a sweeter flavor. Day of slaughter, if we its time to pop them and we have it available which we usually do, we will toss a big bucket of any home made wine that we didn't like how it turned out. Drunk pigs don't care if you pop their brother in the forehead.

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Re: Looking for produce for pig feed
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2018, 04:05:42 PM »
Gonna take a wild shot in the dark and say, them porkers is long dead...
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