So, Will Pigs Eat Bones?

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Domestic pigs are omnivorous and energetic eaters. Everyone knows that, and the expression “eating like a pig” has been with us for so long for a good reason! Pigs eat produce, grains, meat, and all sorts of things. Some people also assert that pigs eat bones, easily and happily. Could this be true? It’s hard … Read more

How to Winterize Your Pig Pen

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Each year, as soon as I feel that first nip in the air or see the first snowflake fall onto the frozen ground, I’m amazed at the tenacity of nature. Although my garden plants have died back and we’re huddled up in the house, curling up next to a fire, the animals outside are doing … Read more

Top 12 Pig Breeds to Raise on Your Homestead

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Homesteading with pigs offers a plethora of delicious and money saving possibilities. With proper shelter and sturdy fencing, pigs can be raised on even small homesteads, and not merely on large rural farmland where I am blessed to live. Pigs (or hogs as we call them in my part of Appalachia) grow quickly, and can … Read more

How Many Pigs per Acre of Land Should You Raise?

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How many pigs can I raise per acre? Pastured pork gets lots of attention these days, and pasturing pigs can be good for the pigs, the soil, and the farmer’s pocket. On the other hand, there are many horror stories about the damage pigs do to pastures. New pig keepers often wonder about the right … Read more

How to Estimate the Weight of a Hog


If you have ever raised pigs, you likely know how stubborn these charismatic creatures can be. While their personalities are an absolute delight (and major source of entertainment!) a majority of the time, this tenacious behavior can be a detriment when you’re trying to engage in simple tasks. If you’ve ever tried to pick up … Read more

How to Raise Pigs – The Ultimate Guide

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Does the smell of frying bacon make your mouth water? Is snacking on a deliciously cooked whole ham after Easter dinner something you look forward to every year? If so, raising pigs should be part of your homesteading plan. Pigs, or hogs as we refer to them in Appalachia – the two labels are completely … Read more