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
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