What breed of hog would you experienced keepers recommend for a beginner?
I would like to begin raising a few hogs for meat. My son, 17, would like one as a pet. I am on a half acre in a town that does allow livestock, up to 10 medium size stock (pigs, sheep, goats), and 4 large animals (horses, cows) on a half acre. I already raise rabbits (2 does and a buck) and 5 hens.
I've never kept pigs before and from my stand point they seem the most efficient thing to raise of the medium stock .being omnivores, can be fed some of the household leftovers that the chickens and rabbits don't eat. I can place the pen where the manure can go into the compost heap and the overflow can add to the fruit trees. And make a larger portable area for foraging when we have grass and weeds.
I recently went and looked at some Red Wattled piglets. They were friendly and the sow was calm when I scratched her and the piglets. They grow fast but get very large.
I also have access to kunekune piglets locally. Their size is more practical on a half acre (250 lbs max), but they seem like they might be more along the potbelly line and I'm not sure how they would be for meat.
I'm looking for suggestions, tips and recommendations any one can give me. The internet is helpful, but there's nothing as good as the information that this great community can give. The "been there done that" type of information is always best.
Thanks for your help.