26 Jul '13, 8am

CK Blog: Not your average pig

During my visit, the project participants kept saying that the pigs they have always raised were good but have too much fat and not enough meat, referring to the fat-meat ratio of the pig when it is processed. This ratio is not only important in terms of meat consumption for the families, but also in terms of economic gains. For example, two pounds of pork from the local breed sells in the local market for a little more than $4 USD while two pounds of pork from a pig from the coastal region (where meat-producing breeds like Yorkshires or Pietrains are often used) sell for almost $6 USD. The difference in price is due, in part, to the transportation costs but also to the fact that the local breed has about 20% more fat than the other type of pork.

Full article: http://www.coffeekids.org/not-your-average-pig/

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