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Jun 5, 2009 07:27 AM

Buying Farm Animals

Wondering if anyone knows of a farm where I can purchse an entire living animal (chicken, pig, etc) and essentailly pay for it to be raised there (so I can visit it/take pictures) and when it is time to "harvest" the meat, they do what they do and I get all the meat.

As I re-read it sounds just awful, but this is an honest post.

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  1. i'd check and see if there are any CSA's around. They may know of someone that does raise livestock in this manner. If you have a local farmer that raises the animal that you want, he may be willing to raise it for you etc...

    1. If you have a county fair, the animals raised by 4H clubs from local High Schools are usually auctioned off.

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      1. re: Cathy

        Here's a recent thread about buying at a local 4-H and FFA auction.

        1. re: Cathy

          Also, in California's Russian River Valley area, Slow Food has partnered with the local 4-H clubs to raise heritage turkeys. That might be an avenue to pursue in the OP's neighborhood.

        2. I know of many auctions where you can buy 1 animal or an entire herd but I've never heard of anyone paying to have someone raise an animal for them.

          I know of farmers that will sell you a live animal and have it slaughtered for you, and you can buy the carcass at a packing house but Ive never heard of what you're requesting.

          1. I buy one goat a year. The kids get to name it and play with it for a few months. Then when we are ready to "harvest", the kids follow daddy outside, we play with it one final time, then they laugh and clap while i wack it on the head with a hammer. Good times!!

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            1. re: Crispy skin

              This is what OP should look for. A farmer who will set aside , or pigeonhole, an animal for you. Be aware that the animals are raised in groups, and the one you choose as an infant may not turn out, or be the best of the lot. It is exceedingly hard to choose a calf that will become prime.
              Ask at farmers'markets, and be prepared to pay 10-25% above market value for your visiting privilege.

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