I don't know how many breeders are required, or if there is a requirement. ALBC is not the final word on any breed, I've found them to be completely non-helpful in general, so I never even bothered to talk to them about potbellies. The pork Council too is unhelpful since they are not interested in anything other than a national market, and could not care less about the homesteading issues.. I'm sure a peta psycho would not want to be part of a livestock conservancy. Have I got anymore what? breeders interested, or pigs for sale? Tusk extraction or regular trimming is a must for pet pigs, but not for livestock, same for sterilization. The typical "potbelly" that most people have seen is a potbelly cross. A true potbelly, when fed a proper non-obesity leaning diet, at full grown shouldn't be over about 130 pounds. I usually butcher at about 9 months, at that point they are usually 60-80 pounds, to get that last 50-60 pounds of meat takes another 3 years, whereas 2 young ones cost a lot less to raise than 1 full grown size. Have you read the section on potbelly pigs at my website? www.windridgefarm.us ?
breezynosacek said:We would be interested...after talking to hubby about it he said that if I felt that strongly about it he would support me.
My question is this, do potbelly pigs qualify for conservancy? There have to be so many breeders available and I don't think petpiggy breeders would count.
If I became one that would make three locations, have you got anymore?
Oh, and after I told hubby that most of the pet piggy breeders had their tusks removed, his eyes lit up. He said he knows of a potbelly pig farmer around here. Or at least he thinks that's what they are. I'm wondering if they are standard wild boar. Anywho, I will check with this farmer and see what he has and see if it is purebred or crossed. He could have been given somebody's pet pig or something since we live in farming area its hard telling.