How Much Does It Cost to Raise A Pig? (Updated for 2018)

How Much Does a Pig Cost?

When you’re starting out with livestock it can be hard to judge what your costs are going to be. If you’re getting started with pigs, let me walk you through your expected cost to raise a pig. We’ll be looking at a backyard or small homestead situation, not a large commercial operation. We’ll also be looking at a weaner-to-market process, not a breeding operation.

One note to start off with: when you ask, “How much is a pig?”, you actually need to ask, “How much are pigs?” Pigs are social animals, and you should never be raising fewer than two. Perhaps you could get away with it if your pig was going to be penned with cows, goats, or sheep. But don’t raise a pig all by itself! You should be able to find a friend or neighbor that wants to buy that other pig.

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10 Reasons To Have Your Own Garden

How many reasons to have your own garden can you think of?

The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the days are getting longer, and if you aren’t already gardening it’s not too late to get started.

If all you need are a few more reasons to have your own garden you’re in the right place!

There are so many reasons, from the practical to the delightful to get started right in your own backyard.

Here’s a round up of posts to inspire you. Click on each image to go through to the article you like!

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Bright Summer Salsa Recipe

I know it’s only February, but I have been spring dreaming the last few days! I’m ready to break out my tank tops and swing on a hammock in a gentle breeze. Sure, it might snow tomorrow, but my mood is looking to the future.

That makes it a great time to revisit my Bright Summer Salsa. This is one of my favorite sunny day foods! It’s spring and summer and fresh and color all swirled together in a beautiful deliciousness. You can eat it as a salsa with tortilla chips. Or you can do it like I do – straight from the bowl with a spoon!

This salsa includes corn, black olives, tomatoes, red onion, and bell pepper for bright bursts of flavor.

It’s got olive oil and avocado to smooth and balance out the flavors.

Then there’s jalapeño, lime, and salt to perk things up.

You’re going to love it!

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Homesteading Gifts – Beautiful Books for Your Homesteader

Homesteading gifts? Christmas is right around the corner, and you need the right gift for the homesteader in your life.

I’ve found a collection of lovely illustrated books from author Celia Lewis. All you have to do is pick the right one for YOUR homesteader. These illustrated books are the perfect combination of useful information and gorgeous artwork. That makes them the gift that’s both functional AND delightful!
Homesteading Gifts - one of these 6 books is the perfect gift for each homesteader on your list - whether they are into pigs, cows, chickens, ducks and geese or just a nature lover

You might need homesteading gifts for someone who is already raising livestock or who is thinking about branching out into livestock, in which case you can pick from cows, pigs, chickens, or ducks and geese. Or for the homesteader who is a nature lover, there’s An Illustrated Country Year and An Illustrated Coastal Year. One of these is guaranteed to be a hit.

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