The day after we returned from our trip we butchered our first hog. He was the biggest of the males and estimated him to weigh 300 lbs before slaughtering. I found this nifty method you could use to predict and then weigh to find out for sure. We don't have a scale, so we are going off the prediction. What you do is measure around the heart girth and multiply the heart girth by the heart girth and then multiply by the length of the hog and divide by 400. Our hog came in at 305 lbs to be exact. We figure once you subtract the weight from the head and organs from the body cavity we figure we got close to 175-200 lbs of pork from our first hog. We still have three more hogs to butcher. One is pretty close in size to the first hog, but the other two are quite smaller. We will hopefully get them fattened up and get them all butchered before warm spring weather arrives.
Until next time,
P.S. Sorry if there are typos...my brain is so tired from being up at night with little Monkey. Hope you will forgive me!