Before making a decision on the type of breed you choose, it is worth thinking about why you want to keep pigs. People keep pigs for different reasons; Pedigree breeding, breeding to sell weaners (baby pigs or piglets), breeding and fattening for the table and of course, pigs can be kept as pets.
As this guide is not aimed at commercial pig keepers, you will probably only have a small number of pigs to look after. Once you have decided on the breed, contact the relevant Pig Society (listed on the Useful Contacts page) to discuss your options and obtain any advice you may need to get started.
If you’ve chosen to start with piglets it may be worth remembering that whilst they are small, they are boisterous! They are also very strong - even at a young age, and will probably bolt at the first opportunity (remember The Tamworth Two!).
Use the internet, agricultural newspapers and publications and specialist smallholder magazines for pig contacts. Here are a few tips when buying pigs;