This is our first time ever raising a pig. We had planned on using our hog for my oldest daughter's 4-H project however, once the pig tried to eat our cat, she was too scared to be around the pig. Thus, began my journey as a pig farmer.
I paid $125 for our pig. She weighed about 45lbs when we bought her. The cost was high because we bought her in the middle for 4-H season. If you are planning on buying and raising pigs I would buy in the fall because the prices are so much cheaper. Right now I can find feeder pigs for between $30-$50.
We were blessed that we found a couple hog panels and t-posts laying around the woods, so we didn't need to purchase any fencing. If you are going to use hog panels they cost around $30 new. However, if you're going that route I would buy fence posts instead of using t-posts because our pig learned how to lift her panels up and escape. I cut a small hole in the back of our barn and just attached the panels to that so I didn't need to worry about making a shelter for the pig.
Once we decided that the pig wasn't going to be a fair pig, I started researching different ways to cut the cost of feed. One of the biggest money savers was that I used all our goats milk to feed the pig. The pig ate tons of extra produce from the garden, extra eggs, and old bread.
Our cost in the beginning was $11.34 per two weeks. We maintained that rate until June, at that point the cost of feed began going up and the feed cost was $14 per 50lb bag. I alternated between a 50lb bag of corn for $10 and a 50lb bag of feed for $14 every third week. Our main source of protein throughout the summer was a gallon of goats milk a day plus about a dozen eggs a day. We're currently going through a 50lb bag of feed in a week.
Right now the pig weighs around 300lbs. She's scheduled to go to butcher on October 23. However, I'm still not 100% convinced that I want to butcher her. I go back and forth between wanting to butcher her and wanting to keep her and breed her. I have a friend who knows how to AI hogs so it's a real option for us. If I do breed her she should have piglets at the time when people are wanting fair pigs.
Have you ever raised pigs? How did you cut feed cost? Have you ever bred a hog and raised piglets?
What are the pros and cons?