as the title says what is the best breed of pig for a smallholder and what would be the average price for a piglet of that breed
We had Oxford sandy and blacks for our first forray into pig keeping this year. Great for beginners as they are very docile, great flavour and not meant to put on too much fat, no matter how heavy they get. Also meant to be a good all rounder, good for either pork or bacon
Hi, last year i had gloucester old spot - landrace cross, this year i have saddleback, my requirement is a traditional breed, don't have to be pure, as i only fatten & i don't want to breed at the moment.
I have paid €50 each for 10 weeks old, would pay about €60
any duroc cross are very good cause hey are very hardy( would get sunburned) and they also have lovely meat. in my opinion keep away from saddleback- to much fat on them wouldnt taste that nice.
you'll find the duroc on donedeal
I have kept a lot of different breeds but for me Saddlebacks are the best, they are fairly docile, short legs which mean they aren't super fast and tall like pure Durocs. Hardy and produce fantastic meat.
Any traditional breed pig can run to fat if left too long or given the wrong diet.
I would also try and buy pigs that have been trained into recognising electric fences, if you intend on using one.
also try and get pigs that have been accustomed to humans, some pigs you get are semi-wild through being left with no human interaction.
Try and buy from a reputable breeder or someone who takes care in what they do it will pay dividends in the future.
landrace cross saddlebacks, very tasty and you dont end up with 2 inches of fat on them !!
What about rooting?
I've quite wet & peaty land so I'd want a breed that isn't a profilic rooter - i.e. won't completely plough the place?
From what I can tell, all pigs will root. To limit this, you would need to go for a breed that has a short snout and floppy ears (from what I have read..). Avoid tamworths, as they like rooting a lot.
I currently have a couple of GOS/Duroc crosses - They don't root half as much as tamworths (which I had over last winter) and are a lot more placid.
The destructive capabilities of pigs increase in proportion to their size/age.
Young pigs don't root as much as older pigs in my experience.
TBH if you are worried about the land being rooted up don't put a pig on it.
I think when I was a kid the pigs had a small ring in their noses to stop them rooting, anyone else seen this? Some sort of duroc cross would be my preference for outdoor pigs.
i think that ringing pigs is illegal now, besides why stop a pig doing what pigs do, if you don't want them to root then just keep them inside.
But doesn't keeping pigs inside still stop them from what comes naturally
yes but you don't have to ring them,
if someone is worried about them rooting they should just keep them in, me i like it when they plough & eat as much natural food as possible.
You cant keep most pig breeds inside sheds it is cruel.
Gonna Piggyback on this thread.
Reared 2 tamworth females last year, the meat was lovely but they were very slow to grow.
I'm in partnership with 2 others and we are going to rear 3 this time.
Should I be going for males or females (Heard you won't be allowed to castrate the males after next year) and what would be a good option to get as the third, looking for one that would grow faster than the Tamworths and kill it 1st.
Thanks for any help.