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  • Joined Oct 2010
  • East Sussex
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keeping pigs...all good?
« on: June 14, 2011, 03:26:28 pm »
Hello all,

I normally post on poultry/sheep/fruit/dogs but am being persuaded by DH to 'look into' keeping a couple of weaners to bring up to weight then slaughter. I'm just wondering how easy it is to keep them? I'm guessing it takes around 6 months for the process to do this - is now a good time therefore to be getting weaners? Also (based east sussex) where on earth would I start looking for them - rare breeds only?

Thanks all - your experiences and advice much appreciated

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  • Joined Nov 2009
  • East Sussex
    • OaklandsPigs
Re: keeping pigs...all good?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 03:32:28 pm »
We are in East Sussex - check the "for sale" page of our website for weaner availability -

We also do a book on keeping pigs and run pig keeping courses.

Pigs for fattening are fairly easy to keep once you know how, and yes you would be getting them at about 2 months and taking them off at 6-8 months old for pork, so will have them 4-6 months.

« Last Edit: June 14, 2011, 03:34:02 pm by oaklandspigs »
"Perfect Pigs" the complete guide to keeping pigs; One Day Pig Courses in South East;
Weaners for sale - Visit our site for details


  • Joined Jan 2011
    • lelogisfrance
Re: keeping pigs...all good?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 06:53:23 pm »
Hello Mx :wave:

Love your blog - great opportunity now to have some weaners (porkers in time for Christmas) haven't been to Oaklands certainly worth a trip - and you will get a feel for the weaners that will suit you. Wonder what  rare breed you will "choo's"

Yours in love with Berkshires (France)


  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: keeping pigs...all good?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 07:14:12 pm »
we've got oaklands book and its fab and good value for money.
 It also answers those q's that you wonder but can't find in other books

we started with 4 and are just sending the second team of 6 girls now......
a warning....... very addictive


  • Joined Jan 2009
  • West Cornwall
    • Movement is Life
Re: keeping pigs...all good?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 08:09:28 pm »
We've loved the pig keeping experience  ;D ;D
Did the Oaklands course (highly recommended) and had 4 last year (GOS Boars) and currently have 3 GOS xOSB gilts who will be off in a couple of weeks.
If you have the housing, fencing and water sorted then I would have to say that keeping pigs is less hassle than keeping chickens  ;D ;D Seriously - they look after themselves and are great characters
Go for it  ;D ;D
Tish ;D ;D


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