Raising Pigs. The easy way. Good reading on the reality of raising pigs.
From my contributor post at Melissa K. Norris: “We have been raising pigs on our farm for well over 10 years. We began raising just a few piglets for our own consumption and now actually breed piglets for sale and raise milk fed, heirloom pork for customers, which is the main venture on our farm. …
Large Black Pig- according to Hobby Farm magazine the perfect pig. Old English breed, well marbled, but not with a lot of waste needing trimmed. Can be pasture raised, a true grazing pig, can be finished on grain if desired. Will not destroy pasture, as rooting is limited to mud hole and around feeder. Will top out at 700lbs, but when raised on lush pasture, will finish out at 250.
Raising pigs A-Z Pigs take 6 months to raise from birth to butcher weight. Buy piglets in the spring, butcher in the fall, let them happily forage during the green months (supplemented with vege garden, chicken eggs, leftovers, etc.)