Farm pigs

A landrace pig is walked around the auction pen during the Swine Sale at the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center on Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa.

The number of hogs and pigs on Kentucky farms in December increased substantially from 2006’s comparative figure, but was down from 2005.

For the last month of 2007, there were 350,000 hogs and pigs in the state of Kentucky, up 13 percent from 2006. It was down, however, five percent from 2005, according to the Kentucky Field Office (KFE) of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Throughout the United States, the inventory for hogs and pigs on Dec. 1 was 65.1 million head.

All told, in 2007, the Ken-tucky pig crop was 692,000 head, up two percent from 2006’s total, according to the KFE.

Joe Michael Moore has 60 head on his land. The Barren County High School agriculture teacher raises the animals up to 500 pounds before processing them and making Moore’s Country Sausage.

“Last year, we sold 9,000 pounds of sausage,” he said. “It’s all about just trying to make a profit and produce a good product.”

When he is not teaching or tending to his sows, Moore also raises around 120 beef cattle and 40 acres of corn.

“The pig part is just very, very small,” Moore said. “It’s just something that I do.”

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