Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
Posted Sep 08, 2015
The American guinea hog is a great starter pig. These are great for the homesteader who wants to raise a few feeder pigs for the freezer. They are smaller animals who are great foragers. This breed is a smaller pig that usually maxs out at under 200 pounds. This is an ideal size for the backyard farmer who is new to pork and wants to fill the freezer with tasty meat not found in the supermarket.
American Guinea Hog's are great foragers. Place them in a orchard or under a few nut trees to fatten them up before processing. They will make quick work of cleaning up windfall fruit and nuts while halting the pest cycle at the same time. Although they are a smaller pig, they still needs to be respected. Pigs are omnivores who will eat just about anything (including a full sized person who has become incapacitated). While this is very rare it goes as a warning to always stay alert and respect your livestock.
Raising pigs on pasture with the American guinea hog might not be as profitable as it can be with other breeds but it is a great introduction to raising pigs and can translate to continued success with other larger breeds.