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    livestock shares

    As a city dweller, the closest I can get to live stock is keeping a few chickens in the garden , and I did until I got tired of subsidising the local fox populations meat intake. I noticed something on a BBQ facebook group that really piqued my interest.

    A small holding in Devon sells "shares" in a little of pigs , which they raise with the highest levels of welfare to a given weight. When their time comes , they are butchered locally and your share ( 1/4 of said pig ) is then shipped to you. I've just managed to secure a share on their next batch, which I'm quite chuffed with. It going to be a few months before they are ready, but I believe they provide many updates on how they are getting along ( you can even visit them! ). Its the first time I've seen the concept and I think it works well for those of use who would view themselves as a "responsible carnivore" If I am going to eat meat of a known provenance , I want it to have lead a stress free life and will make sure I use as much of it as possible ( not sure what I'm going to do with the trotter yet )

    I know there are a few foodies that would be equally interested, hence the post - I don't know if there are any shares left in the upcoming batch, but it might be worth watching out for the next one!

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    Re: livestock shares

    It would give new meaning to the phrase "I've had my fair share of bacon..."

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    Re: livestock shares

    Check locally too - there is probably a scheme much closer (unless Devon is your closest of course!) There are a few around me in Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire for eg.

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    Re: livestock shares

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Check locally too - there is probably a scheme much closer (unless Devon is your closest of course!) There are a few around me in Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire for eg.
    Are there? Got any links for ones in cambs?

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    Re: livestock shares

    Quote Originally Posted by spacein_vader View Post
    Are there? Got any links for ones in cambs?
    I don't know them off top off my head (I'm veggie so didn't take down details), but I've seen several advertised at the county show before - it was last weekend but I was at a different one this time - they don't always have internet sites. Cambs is mostly crops though so tends to be veg box shares.

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    Re: livestock shares

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Check locally too - there is probably a scheme much closer (unless Devon is your closest of course!) There are a few around me in Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire for eg.
    Reminds me of the cows around Midsummer Common,lol.


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: livestock shares

    You can visit it? That seems a bad idea, one step off naming the beast at which point you can never eat something you named

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    Re: livestock shares

    It depends on what you name it ;-)
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    Re: livestock shares

    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick View Post
    It depends on what you name it ;-)
    "I'd like to introduce you to Dinner and Next Month's Breakfast".

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    Re: livestock shares

    https://youtu.be/bAF35dekiAY?t=1m26s

    maybe they're reared to WANT to be eaten... maybe they will even suggest how best to BE eaten

    Moby, that is a very clever and it does many things properly.
    It allows a farmer to plan, to budget with certainty
    It allows you as a consumer to learn, follow and benefit from the process
    It allows a UK bred pig, with UK welfare (for pigs, we are one of the higest welfare countries in the world) to live, and then die for a proper reason
    It allows the UK economoy to slowly but steadily prepare for a point when we won't need /want/afford to import our food

    And... it's good

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