Make sure you know why you want to keep pigs before you start.
Positive things about keeping pigs
- Pigs are smart animals and respond to good care.
- Pigs make great pets.
- They can provide home-produced pork or bacon.
- They can eat kitchen scraps and surplus garden vegetables.
- They can forage outdoors on pasture
- They can be used to break in scrub.
- They can be kept in pens or indoors and provide manure.
- They reproduce regularly to provide an income from young pigs.
Negative things about keeping pigs
- For good production pigs must be well fed which means purchasing correct proprietary balanced diets.
- Your meat could be cheaper from the supermarket!
- Pigs can produce smells that you and your neighbours may consider offensive.
- Pigs can also be noisy at certain times (feeding).
- Their rooting and wallowing urges can severely damage pastures.
- Pig paddocks and shelters can look offensive in a nice environment.
- You may need to keep a boar, which can be dangerous.
- You will need to provide housing for certain classes of animals.
- Escaping is fun for pigs. They get through wire mesh and lift doors off hinges.
Sort out a pig production system
- Buy in weaners and grow them to pork or bacon weight.
- Keep a sow and boar and sell weaners.
- Keep a sow and boar and feed all offspring to pork or bacon weight.