I have some questions about Potbellied Pigs as livestock. I'm getting married this spring and my fiance and I want to live the homesteading life. I would like to raise some of our own food, I already garden and have raised most every kind of livestock at one stage or another but I have not done any butchering other than chickens and turkeys. It seems like a potbellied pig would be the ideal next step for us. The smaller size would make them less intimidating to butcher and also a more reasonable amount of meat to deal with as a couple, even though we are planning on getting a chest freezer or two very soon. So my main questions are the ways in which potbellies differ from other pigs as livestock. I've raised pigs up to slaughter on farms I've worked at so I'm familiar with the basic process. How easy are potbellied pigs to come by. I want to raise them for meat, they are typically seen as pets in the US, can you find people who'll sell them for meat very easily? I don't want to lie to someone just to get my hands on some pigs. I also don't want to be attacked as a cruel murderer either. How much should I be willing to pay? Regular feeder pigs go for around $30-50 around here. It seems silly to pay a lot more for what will end up being a lot less pig. I know that I could just butcher a regular pig earlier but I am actually WANT a really lardy pig. I make a lot of pie and lard makes the best crust. It also seems like the best option for homestead produced cooking oil/fat. So since potbellies get so lardy I am interested in them anyway. So does anyone have any input? Where can I get potbellies for the pot? How do I get them without lying about my intentions?