I have been looking for some pigs to raise for this year and finally found some on Craigslist. Then when I called I thought I still might not get any since the farmer was taking them to a sale today but he said to call again because he might leave some. Turns out he did. He said he left his small ones.
So this evening at 3:00 we met one of his workers at the farm. I was just amazed at the size of his full grown pigs. I had seen adult pigs when we lived in the North but they were usually in small pens and incredibly fat. These pigs were is a really large enclosure and they were absolutely HUGE but not really fat, just big muscular pigs. He also had geese, lots of guinea and llama (I am sure he had more animals as we weren't on the main farm just the farm across the road from the main farm that he had acquired apparently as well).
We had brought a medium dog carrier but luckily we brought a wooden crate as well because we definitely needed the crate. These "babies" are big! (We transferred them to the crate with the dog carrier and we could not close the door when they were in it!).
Here they are in our pen. I was so worried since I had heard so many stories about how hard it is to contain pigs but the pen seems to be adequate.
They have the Hamshire coloring with the black with white band. Hamshires are probably the oldest breed of hog in America. They are known for being fast growers that produce a very good carcass for meat and are also good tempered. Sows are known to be good mothers.
The Yorkshires are slower growing pink pigs. They are found in almost every American state. It is muscular with a high proportion of lean meat.
I am incredibly please to be raising a larger animals that will really provide us with a lot of good meat later. I am fairly sure we won't get attached. They are fairly large already and they, well, smell bad from being in their small enclosure. I hope they grow well and do well here.