If the name PORK TEXAS doesn’t ring a bell with you, it soon will. As this project gets off the ground, you’ll be hearing more and more about hogs being raised free range on the ground — being raised as Mother Nature intended.
Texas pork production is nothing new, they aren’t re-inventing the wheel— it is simply sustainable hog production. It is producing pork in the greenest, most efficient way possible.
In comparison, con nement pork production exposes itself to every negative cause and effect known to the swine industry, at a cost that far exceeds a favorable rate of return on investment. As a result, we have seen a dramatic shift over the past 20 years of small to midsized hog operations reverting back to sustainable production.
The astronomical startup and facility replacement costs, environmental regulations, use of growth hormones and antibiotics, along with animal welfare issues and practices is forcing many producers to revert back to sustainable production. In fact it may be an issue that will be forced upon the industry because of pressure from the fast food network.
McDonalds and Burger King are just a couple of examples of companies that no longer want their pork to be inhumanly raised in cages. Not only do hogs do better in their natural environment, they produce a more acceptable product.
Sustainable pork is not only more economical to produce, but the demand is creating premium prices that further add to the bottom line. It ’s all about profitability and healthiness for all concerned. As well as being more pro table, the sustainable pork product is one that meets these certain consumer-driven criteria:
Sustainable pasture-based production is an alternative approach for raising hogs outdoors, using pastures as a major source of nutrients compared to con nement or other indoor systems. The sustainable pasture approach can offer the producer lower initial costs, lower production costs, and a sustainable method for producing pork. The typical design of a pasture system uses low cost portable housing and wire fencing. Since these systems require no expensive buildings, according to Texas Tech Pork Institute, 40-70% of startup can be saved over conventional indoor systems, saving approximately 4.5 million dollars per 1000 head operation.
Multiply this by tens of thousands and the investment savings and lower overhead costs become substantial.
To further compound this investment opportunity, consider the fact that this can all be done on non-productive wasteland — land that is native to non-valued vegetation and trees growing on light, sandy soils. Certainly not green lush pastures, but when forti ed with a balanced corn ration, the effect can be similar.
Cost of land will be minimal, and over the years will add value at a high rate of return. The most conducive condition of all, lending support to this project, is location. The Texas climate is ideally suited to sustainable outdoor pork production, thus the low overhead and investment requirements.
Investment Opportunity Alert!
An opportunity to invest in Texas pork is available. For more information about this opportunity, contact Kevin Bottke at 817-262-0621 or [email protected]. Watch his video about sustainable pork production at www.porktexas.com.
This is an investment like no other — you can hedge your bet with land appreciation. Unlike most conventional hog production investments which are driven by cost of production, appreciating land values become a source of price protection for your investment.
The 40 to 70% reduction in startup costs will buy a lot of Texas land — non-productive land that will only get more valuable as the hogs clear the land for their own habitation and enrichment.
Sustainable pork production is mother natures way of providing God given resources for a cause greater than that for which it was originally intended. Combining production techniques to enhance profits and improve environmental and socioeconomics is not only a good sound investment, it is worthy of the innate nature of mankind.
Pork Texas is a breath of fresh air for investors looking for an opportunity to invest in something that isn’t hidden behind a mirage of high risk and sophisticated jargon. It is simply doing that which comes naturally!
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Ken E. Knight is the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in this publication on a regular basis. Mr. Knight is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a major BS Degree in Meat and Animal Science and a minor in Communications. In addition to being a professional auctioneer, public speaker and livestock judge, he brings many years of corporate level meat and livestock market management and expertise to the industry for which he now serves as an independent voice of shared knowledge and experience.
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