Check back soon! We are in the process of purchasing registered gilts and boars to farrow on our own property and sell feeders and registered hogs.
After doing extensive research into what best pig would fit into our homestead we found the breed, Large Black Hogs. They are a heritage breed still possessing natural instincts of foraging on pasture and thriving in various environments. Their large floppy ears protects their face and eyes while foraging and their dark pigmented skin prevents them from getting sunburnt. Not only are they a hardy breed but also extremely docile.
What we love about pasture pigs, is the fact they are not raised in confinement but instead outside, on grass, in a more natural habitat. They are rotated to fresh pasture once a week and supplemented with an organic grain mix. Being a heritage breed they do root some because they are still a pig but not nearly as aggressively as some of the other breeds making them a great addition to the homestead. These breeds do take longer to reach butchering weight with an estimated time of 10-14 months, about double to triple the time of a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) .
We are currently utilizing theses hogs in our leader follower system with the hogs being grazed behind our goats. They are able to clean up what grasses the goats do not eat and efficiently turn their grazing into delicious bacon and marbled pork.