I went to church yesterday all excited about my impending pig promotion but someone there just had to try and burst my bubble. She said her neighbors are raising 4 pigs for 4H (feeders) and she said the smell is horrible. She admitted they were probably in a pen too small for that many pigs but she said the urine was absolutely offensive. I told her I was thinking of breeding and selling off some piglets to help pay for the cost of raising pigs plus filling my own freezer. She tried to tell me it would be a lot "cheaper" just to buy feeder pigs every spring and butcher them when they are about 250 lbs. She also said a sow would get to be about 1,500 lbs and you wouldnt want to butcher her because the meat would be too tough. I read on here before that the boar meat gets tough but what about the sow? Someone who actually has raised pigs, please tell me the truth on these subjects. I hate to take the word of someone who only raises dogs. I need a real farmer to speak up please lol. I have chickens and ducks, it isn't exactly as smelly as a pig but I do have a male goat who stinks plenty and I am not bothered by the smell. How much worse could 3 pigs get in a wide open area?