Raising Meat Pigs or Breeding

PigsPigs can be another source of meat on the homestead as well as income.  Their gestation period is about 4 months and piglets can be weaned in about a month.  If you are considering raising pigs for meat or breeding them, here is some information on costs and time frames.

  • Price of a pig – at about 2-3 months which is after the pig has been weaned. ($60-$100)
  • Cost of feeding the pig for 3 months to get to harvesting weight is about $115.  This varies on what you feed them.
  • If you do not process at home then you will pay about $160 total for butchering.
  • A  harvesting weight of about 250 lbs will give you about 145 lbs of meat.
  • At 6 months the pig will reach harvesting weight.
  • Total cost $175 – $215.

Breeding Information:

  • A sow can be bred after she reaches puberty which is between 5 to 6 months old and will be in heat every 3 weeks or 21 days.
  • A sow can have between 8 to 12 piglets in a litter.
  • You can sell the piglets at about 2 months.
  • Depending on what you feed them, it could cost around $37 a month.
  • 8 pigs at $60 dollars would be $480 and for 12 would be $720.

For more detailed information on the costs of raising pigs, read “How Much Does it Dost to Raise a Pig?” from practical self reliance.com.




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