Our experience with raising pigs was a good one. In fact, we absolutely loved having them on our homestead. Our four Berkshire pigs were so entertaining to watch that we soon started referring to our relaxation time on the porch as “pig TV”. The pigs taught us lessons over the spring, summer and autumn and they left us with a sincere appreciation for what it truly takes to put meat on our family dinner table.
Pigs don’t need much more than the essentials that every human yearns for. Provide your pigs with kindness, adequate shelter, good food, clean water, a pasture and a wallow and you will be rewarded with happy pigs that stay out of trouble (most of the time). Yes, I have been jealous of our pigs staying cool in their wallow while I melted into my boots on hot humid days.
Here is is our big list of things you should know about before you bring pigs to your homestead.