Ok so I know there are alot of folks that don't eat pork. I do it's a staple on my homestead. But some thoughts on how they could be a benefit if you don't eat them.1 they will eat anything they will eat things other livestock won't example chicken died don't know why is it safe to feed my family feed it to the pigs breaks it down for fertilizer faster than composting. 2 new garden spot new ground turn a few pigs in they will root it up and get most of the roots out or atlest to the top of the ground for easy pick up. 3 there smart easy to train can clean up woods like no tomorrow shtf can't burn the woods off any more to keep it safe for wildfire keep a few pigs out there they take care of all the underbrush. 4 they eat snakes now we're you live might not be a problem but since I live near a swamp they help keep the cotton mouths away from my yard and house. Just a few things to think about
Also if rotated properly hogs will turn a brush and rock patch into viable pasture pretty quickly....plus
@themilitantfarmer they do for sure I rotate mine across about 15 arces they only stay in one pen about 3 months I plant my gardens behind them in spring and fall
Take a look at Joel Salatin on Youtube. He rotates weekly I believe...no smell..no wallows.. Turns the soil... Will be implementing his system(s) as soon as we locate our property and get going. Growing up we raised 100"s of hogs at a time...wish we had gone the way Joel does it.
Love the way joel does it, we actually had ours in a movable pen, we gave them feed hay as bedding, moved them,weekly and limed the ground after them and they cleared and planted a lovely hay field for us. Im looking into guinea hogs now so i can keep a breeding pair through the winter without the overhead of feeding the larger hogs.
Well as mentioned above, they are your original garbage disposal and then some. We've had hogs (AGH's) for many years now. They are NOT only your meat you get from the cooler section. We also make lunchmeats, cured meats, hams, canned bread spreads, lard and soap with what they give us not to forget their very valuable manure. At the end even if you don't eat any part of a hog, one could look at them as reliable barter item, tractor, lawnmower, rodent hunter, security for your smaller livestock, lard candle supplier (is there such a thing?) and beauty products provider.
If you don't mind me asking how is their temperment? And do you know about how much feed you go through over winter? I've kept large hogs before, but the winter feed bill has always kept me from saving breeders, I would like to start over wintering for sustainability
@Maine homestead mom ask away. Very generally speaking we feed every grown hog about a coffee can full of hog feed a day. In a 50 pound bag are about 15 coffee cans , which cost us about 7$ per bag. So one adult hog cost us about 14$ a month to feed. Now there are several variables, during spring, fall and summer they are usually pastured or on wood lots, so less feed is necessary. Now during winter they are in our garden spots. During summer they get a lot of garden scraps but during winter they have constant hay (we pay about 25$ per round bale grass hay) and that's it. We don't vaccinate, no worming, no birthing help or cost for vet, we do however castrate and use a scalpel so that's a couple extra $$$ and don't forget the water they need. In general, they are the most laid back livestock we have. Now a boar is still a boar, and spending snuggle hour with one may not be too wisely (also several AGH owners would disagree). Our sow can be annoying when she is in heat (which female isn't? ) they are extremely easy to move from pasture to pasture, they are contained just by using two strands of electric wire (bacon bits must be properly trained or they will be all over the place). Well all in all we wouldn't want to miss ours, and even went so far as to move ours with us. Hopefully this helps.
@wtstewart1979 thankyou it does, i think feed prices are higher where i am (i get a good deal at $55 a roundbale here) but i should be able to do the math, its nice to talk to a real person that has them, all ive really been able to research was internet hype, and i take all of that with a grain of salt... We've done Gloucestershire old spots here, and i poved them but feeding a breeding pair through maine winter is a bit daunting, lol...