Hi! Congratulations on trying to live a sustainable lifestyle! It sounds like you are doing a great job to me!
I didn't know how much research you have done on pigs, and if you had thought about going organic or not. I just wanted to make sure that you knew that the cheapest pigs usually
give you the least quality, and certainly the health benefits are bound to be much less. (Not that I am putting down any producer!)
Buying purebred pigs allows you to go back to eating like our previous ancestors did...enjoying the beautiful marbling and amazing health benefits of unaltered meat. The difference really is amazing.
Also, if you're thinking about always having pigs on hand for quality meat, keeping a sow and boar around are really easy ways to do it! (You can also make money back by selling the extras from your litters that you don't need.)
We own Nature's Nook Family Farms and raise Gloucestershire Old Spots (GOS for short!) and LOVE them. They are so docile and sweet....and they grow to be HUGE so you get a lot of meat from them. There are other purebred breeds that are great too....Tamworth, Large Black, Berkshire. All of these are known for their outstanding quality of meat, and are the ones most found in gourmet restaurants.
This saying, these pigs cost quite a bit more than a lower quality pig. That is the downside!
(Although, again, if you raise your own sow and boar, then you always have the meat you want for much less, and then actually make money by selling the rest of the litter.)
I hope you don't mind me just throwing this out there! I have several friends that purchase the lower end pigs and are just fine with it! (I guess for me, now that I know the difference, I can't help but need to say something.)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! Or you can see our site at http://pasturedheritagegospigs.com