live blogging from the auction

We had to get up early and leave our lovely borrowed Calistoga compound to get to the fair by 8AM.

The grand champion went for $60/lb. That’s a $15,000 of fine swining.

The friends are patiently waiting for the price to come down.


American society seems to place a premium on attractiveness even at livestock auctions. After observing the sale of 81 pigs we have found that handsome boys command a premium of $.75/lb -$1.50/lb for their pigs while the prettiest girls get at least $2/lb and often more than the going average (33%-180% premium) for their pigs. It’s all in the smile.

After about 4 hours of auction and several unsuccessful bids we finally bought pig number 155 of 200. She’s a 268 lb Crossbred Market Hog named Weasel, raised by Lindsay Schmitz of the Mt. George 4H Club…the very same club under which Sarah raised her lambs years ago!



August 13, 2011

Is when a band of friends will venture to the Napa Valley Expo and buy a pig at auction. This ritual sacrifice will render tasty pig parts for our freezers and here at we will chronicle the culinary delights, moral reflection and bourbon-sipping that ensues.