Posted Jul 28, 2014
I raised a set of chesters years back for several buyers, and they did well on a variety of grain and garbage feeds that we were able to source out. They grew well and finished well, even though for processing issues (available slots) they did face some temperature variations and cold.
I wouldn't say these are not a hearty pig, because all in all I didn't really have issues with them, but they are very light skinned (white, really) and so are very susceptible to sun burn. This wasn't too much of an issue for me because I had a well-shaded pen, but it's something to consider depending on your available space. I also think they liked the mud more than other pigs, probably as a defense against the sun. As long as you can overcome their minor special needs, these pigs won't disappoint. In terms of access to piglets, I find them less common and others just more available, so they're not a breed we tend to grow often.