How much do piglets cost?

One of the popular animals on a homestead is a pig. They are generally very easy to raise, grow fast and taste amazing. One of the first things people ask when they start is, “how much do piglets cost?”

The answer is that piglets cost $50-200 each depending on the weight and where you live. There are currently piglets for sale in my area for $100. Buying piglets is a great way to get started and is the least expensive to grow your own meat. You can raise the pigs the way you want to raise them.

The advantage is that you have the satisfaction of raising piglets to processing size in a manner of your choice of raising them. This usually works out cheaper than buying butchering weight pigs. But this demands more work from you and you to have butchering appointments for slaughtering the pigs and processing the pork.

Availability sets the price for pigs. If there are more common pigs in your area, you will pay less overall to buy them. If you are looking for rare or unusual breeds or crosses, be ready to shell out more. Feeder pigs that are good for shows and likely to win prizes cost significantly more.

An important factor while raising pigs is the need for butchering appointments set up much in advance at the processor. Some processors are booked out for more than twelve months. So, make sure of a butchering appointment before setting out to buy a feeder piglet and rearing it to butcher weight.

Folks wanting hogs can be classified into two groups. Some folks have time on hand and want to buy piglets to the rear by themselves for the freezer or retain them as breeding stock. Others just want the pork and custom processed finished pig. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

If you want a pig, there are several choices depending upon how much time you can spend on rearing the pig or how much money you can spend to buy one.

We have included several videos in this article detailing the costs to be considered to ensure whether it makes economic sense to rear your own pigs for the freezer.

What is a feeder pig?

Baby pigs you raise for meat are called feeder pigs. Let us dwell a bit longer on feeder piglets. Feeder pigs can be crossbreeds or of any breed. You will buy feeder pigs for raising when they are weaned piglets weighing 40-60 pounds. They will reach butchering weight when reared over 4-5 months.

How much does it cost to raise baby pigs (Feeder Pigs)?

The costs to raise pigs varies according to the farm setup and feed costs. If you don’t calculate fencing, land, or time, the cost to raise a pig is $1200. The pig cost is broken down by purchase price, feed, and butchering costs.

Often the costs are the same as those to produce the most expensive pigs with different breeds and environmental factors affecting their feed cost. However, pigs can forage if there are sufficient clean water and good sanitation conditions for them to survive, thus being cheaper and healthier when compared to their male counterparts.

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Pig Feed Costs-

How do I calculate feed conversion efficiency or FCR?

I spoke to several farmers and the general consensus is that pigs ate about 5 pounds of pig feed per day. Feed costs can be as high as a couple of dollars per pound to free (some farmers will give you money to take away unsellable products) Feed conversion ratio (FTR) is the sum of feed needed in each pound of pork that is produced. This is a measure of efficiency as a greater animal requires less food per pound of pork.

FCR calculations can get a little complicated but on a homestead, it’s not necessary to be that exact. Fortunately, the best estimate that tells you what “excellent” you are doing is a simple computation: FCR was a good estimate because most likely aren’t equipped for it. You need just a pretty good idea and you know if you spend too little of it.

How long does it take to grow a pig for slaughter?

The industry-standard slaughter weight for pigs has increased to a range of 290-335 pounds. Commercially most farmers sell whole pigs and half pigs at an average $5 ounces. That’s about $875 a serving.

If one slaughtered 250 lb pig, you can expect a hanging tensile load of roughly 1550 kilograms. You don’t just come off but make a little cash and can buy another piglet. You see feed costs from about $650 in a pig. And you’re looking at 750 per animal. That means you have $875 in meat that you break even.

Pig raising cost breakdown

Organic pork costs in the tastiest way in the region roughly $33 each pound. Organic bacon costs up to $20 per pound – making farming pigs more profitable. Organic pork becomes more expensive than bacon which makes rais more profitable.

Is it cheaper to buy a whole pig than raising pigs?

A complete slaughter of pigs usually costs $875. As it covers all the slaughter costs, feeding, trimming, and packaging it should also be a similar product as being reared on one’s own. The $125 profit won’t be immediately absorbed by slaughter costs in the same operation.

Of course, if you buy slaughterhouse meat, you’ll never enjoy being able to run with a pregnant girl or play an (although very short) game. On the other hand, you wouldn’t worry about the little lady floating into the field when you’re not here.

Is breeding piglets more profitable than buying them? What about

Some homesteaders look for alternative food sources to reduce the need to raise pigs. Scraps collected from local restaurants can supply about 1 kg of food a day. A single pig with 10 piglets may be sold half the litter as a way of paying less for food and introducing new varieties on the market.

The boar taint is seen in other male pigs, giving the meat a nasty taste or smell. You have to compensate for this income by the cost of casting your men out for slaughter. You are ideally going for slaughter before that otherwise you will face unwanted cross-breeding and pig taint.


Industry standards for the market weights have slowly racked down from 30 to 45 pounds. Once the weight exceeds 250 and 280 kg a pig’s feeding efficiency is severely sluggish. So the higher the mark, the more it’s affected your overall FCR. But I did it because it gave me the ideal fat cap and marbling for my tastes as well.. We may lose some efficiency to come here but for us, it is completely worth it because we get a lot of the pork we want to eat.

How much does it cost to raise a pig for meat?

Different factors affect growth rate, meat conversion, and ultimately cost of raising one pound of pork. This goes along with how much room they can use their pigs to slaughter, how big do you want their pigs, and so on. There’s no end to those variables. I can’t give you an exact price estimate for the expenses of raising a pig for meat.

But I can shed light on different factors that affect growth, share the cost of raising my pigs. Make sure this is not an all-inclusive list of all of the variables on the list that affect grow, FCR or. I could not explain everything about lysine and its impact on growth.

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Choosing the breed

Not all pigs can be created with equally good friends. There are “lard pigs” and “bacon pigs” which in my talk about lard rendering. These traditional pig breeds provide quality beef, a well-married fatty cap, and flavorful cuts.

These Heritage crossed are things that are raised for the sake of the individual. Commercial breeds hardly aren’t all. “Pink pigs” such as the Yorkshires (among many others) enjoy fast growth, thicker meat, and efficient feces conversion ratios. Depending upon your circumstances and location, you possibly can raise a purebred heritage cross as well as a commercial breed.

Cull sows (for sausage) cost $200 each

Cull sows give you a good quantity of meat per pig and are good for whole hog sausage. They might not be available in all markets. They provide limited cuts. The current price is around $300 at auction. It would cost more in private sales.

For some strange reason, the option of going for a cull sow does not strike many people. If you are particular that you will have sausage only from your pig, cull sow is an excellent option.

You need to look out for a sow with some fat on her. There is a reason for this. You need plenty of fat to grind in with the sausage and thin sows do not have that kind of fat. How do you ensure there is enough fat to grind in? You need to buy a 500 or more pounder to be sure.

A cull sow costs anywhere from $100-200 across various markets and has more than 200 pounds of meat. This is one of the most economic price points per pound of pork.

The butchering cost will have to be borne by you and you have to have a butchering appointment for slaughtering and processing. The drawback with cull sows is that they are not available all the time and processing options are limited. The better way out is to go with whole hog sausage.

Whole hogs, custom cut for your order, cost $800

Whole hogs give you custom-raised pork at the best per-pound price and are raised on small farms. You will have to buy the entire pig’s meat in one go occupying a lot of freezer space. The cost per pig is around $800. Taking the average weight of pork as 200 pounds, the cost works out to $ per pound. An advantage is that the butchering appointment is already set up for this pig.

There is a new current trend. People are buying the whole hog or half hog from farmers who raise them and selling pigs privately and this trend is becoming very popular. If you go to a small farmer, you need to go early in the season as they are selling out direct to customers early in the season.

Whole hog is the best buy for you if you like the taste of home-grown pork but do not want to raise, and have the freezer space and can pay at a time for the entire meat.

It will cost you $250 for a 230-250 pound pig

When you buy a 230-250 pounder, you get plenty of fat for marbling and flavor, smaller cuts and ham, and works well if you have butchering equipment but do not want to raise the pig. Drawbacks are less meat and smaller cuts per pig. Current prices vary across markets. The average price is $2000. Purchasing this pig at a private sale could cost you more.

Some prefer lighter hogs available in the market in the 230-250 pound range. Do you have a small family which does not like mega chops and hams? This is the ideal buy as these pigs have less fatty meat and smaller cuts. The current rate is $1 per pound in an auction. You have the option of either participating in the auction and buying on your own or you can ask an order buyer at the auction to get one for you. You need to call the auction to set up a buyer for you.

For such a pig to be bought privately, you will have to pay more than $250. The extra cost will give you the advantage of talking to the farmer who reared the pig/piglet and making a learned choice of picking up the pig for raising and putting it in the freezer.

This pig needs to be taken to the butcher directly for processing. This means you need a prior appointment before buying the pg. Some farmers are selling the pigs in the market with prior appointments set up. Buying such a pig will save you from running around for a butchering appointment.

A fat hog 300+ pounds pigs cost $2500

A 300 + pounder pig gives you a lot of fat for marbling and flavor. It works well if you own butchering equipment and do not want to go through the drudgery of raising the pig. Drawbacks are paying somebody for the pig and the cost of buying butchering equipment. The current price is $384 and this could vary across markets with private sale pigs costing more.

In some markets, +300 pounders sell more than 230-250 pounders.

You can buy a 300+ pounder in a public auction directly. You can also have an order buyer buy it on your behalf in the public auction. In such a case, a prior arrangement is required for engaging a buyer. You need a prior butchering appointment (or buy a +300 pounder for which the seller already has a butchering appointment) to take it straight for slaughtering and processing the pork.

The current auction price for +300 pounder is $1-1.20 per pound. The private sale price is more.

Breeding stock pigs cost between $500-2,000 each

Breeding stock pigs are the most expensive pigs sold in the markets. The pigs cost $500-2000. The piglets could cost less. You will have a variety to choose from depending on genetics, trends, and reproduction stage/ age of the pigs. It serves as a good starting point for breeding pigs. Drawbacks are high prices and the need to put in the effort all year round. You need to go in for adults as you will be sure they are of the right breed as piglets.

Breeding stock pigs are the costliest pigs and have a wide range of prices. So, application of mind is very important in making a learned choice.

Breeding stock pigs are sold in markets across a wide age range. They could be feeder pigs, could be up to bred sows or ready to use boars and anywhere in between. However, feeder pigs, breeding age and bred, are the most common ages of breeding stock pigs purchased.

You need to be cautious while going in for younger breeding stock. Though they are cheaper, it is very tough to guess what the pig will be in terms of looks and structure when it reaches breeding size and age. With experience, you get better at guessing but still, you are taking a huge risk.

If you are risk-averse and you want to be sure of reasonable success you need to start with the right type of pigs. For this, you need to go in for breeding stock as adults and not feeders.

Until the pig becomes the mom or dad of some litter, her or his ability is a guessing game for you. The likelihood of getting what you want becomes higher by buying adult stock.

It will be pertinent to bear in mind that not all pigs will turn out to be of the highest quality which is a must for selling them as breeding stock in the market.

The market price of adult pig breeding stock is in the $500 to $2000 range. Of course, the price of breeding stock purchased as feeder pigs is much lower at around $200 each.

It takes time and experience for you to become a good breeding stock raiser. In the initial stages, as you pick up the threads of raising breeding stock, you will have to cull heavily (the term cull means sell for meat) to gradually alter the genetics in your pigs to the range as per your desire.

The high-quality breeding stock market demands high-quality genetic pigs for which people pay a high price and culling is a necessity to refine genetics though it hurts economically.

Level of Activity Raising Pigs

The level of activity will increase the cost of raising a pig for meat. An animal held in a cage is less active, meaning it burns fewer calories. Active animals that can run about won’t gain weight more efficiently. Exercise should not just be allowed but encouraged by us also.

Not only are our pork pigs an amazing quality of life running about half an acre at a time but using these muscles produces delicious pork. The balance is that enough space is given for activity and clearing is sufficient – but not enough that people pay ridiculous amounts for feeding it anyway.

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