Hog farmer Don Agresti feeds leftovers to his 5,000 hogs. His hogs eat mostly “salvage” — which is leftover (free) food from food canneries, bakeries, food processing facilities, and, pet food manufacturers, who have unsalable product or food waste.
Relying on salvage feed is common practice to reduce costs. Agresti says that: “if the government stopped letting us use salvage feed, we would just quit. We wouldn’t be able to afford to raise the animals.” 75% of a hog farmer’s costs go towards feeding hogs.
More details about Agresti’s hogs after the jump.
Although the pet food scandal put an unwelcome spotlight on his farm, Agresti doesn’t plan to stop using salvage feed, and he’s currently waiting for compensation from the feds, who quarantined his hogs from Apr. 19 to May 15. His take on the Food & Drug Administration, which is trying to put the kibosh on unsafe food for both pigs and people? Agresti says coolly: “The monkey’s on their back now.”