posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 10:02 PM
Pigs are omnivores. While I don't recommend feeding them literal garbage, I do think they will make better use of garden waste than the compost
heap, because they are faster and grind their nitrogen into the soil with no effort from you.
It is "hot" in terms of nitrogen, far richer than cow or even horse manure. and the pigs work it into the soil
Pigs will clear land for you.
Pick up an old agricultural text from the 19th century, and read a bit of their praise for the pig. They will uproot ALL weeds, and will even girdle
larger trees if they are hungry. Something the homesteader should be thinking of.
Pigs are prolific.
I was raising pigs for money for a couple of years. We had five sows and two boars. The first year, each sow had at least three litters each, and
each litter had at least 8 piglets. I bought my first car with my "pig money." I sold the piglets for $75 a piece, twenty years ago, when that was
While dressing out a boar is no joke, the meat can be cured using only the most basic of techniques: salt, sugar, and woodsmoke. Others have posted
about curing a ham for 6 or even 9 months, without refrigeration, in the Southern USA.
Pigs are not dirty by nature, regardless of what some religious traditions teach. If you give a pig a choice between a mudhole and a kid's wading
pool of clean water, the pig will never go in the mud at all.
Pigs are more intelligent than dogs.
They will alert you if they sense strangers or predators nearby. They can be trained like a bloodhound, and are good swimmers.
In sum, if you are looking at rebuilding a community, giving away piglets is one way you can help your neighbors, and teach them independence at the
same time. They are cheap enough that even really poor families can afford to keep a pig.
Just a thought for those who are interested.
All the best.