Raising pigs in your backyard is an excellent way to feed your family, and there are lots of delicious home made pork products that you can make from home-reared pigs. You can learn how to make your own ham & sausage – as well as delicacies like salami, chorizo and paté.

Raising your own pigs gives you direct control over your food supply and gives you access to meat of the highest quality. You might be surprised at how much excellent pork you could produce from an ordinary garden!

The aim of this site is to share knowledge and promote backyard pig keeping. We have many years experience keeping pigs. We’ve bred & raised pigs, processed and preserved our way to a very high degree of self sufficiency – all whilst working full-time and raising a family. You can do it too – so why not stop dreaming and start doing?

Featured Articles

Home Made Salami

November 23, 2012

Preserving your own pork is relatively easy – all you need is some natural sausage casing, a mincer and some salt. Add some herbs & spices and you’re in culinary heaven! We make salami & chorizo in the damp Irish climate with great success. Cured sausage is an excellent way to preserve pork, and many […]

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Piggy Progress

August 22, 2012
16 week pigs

The growing pigs in this picture are now 16 weeks old, and they’re coming on nicely! They have about 1/6 of an acre to roam on – this consists of an overgrown vegetable garden and some pasture. The pigs are making excellent progress in converting weeds and old vegetables into great-tasting free range pork. They […]

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Twelve Week Old Pigs

July 25, 2012

We bought these 12 week old “weaner” pigs last Monday for €80 each (delivered!). I’m delighted with the quality of these guys – they seem in the best of health. The price at 8 weeks was €70, but due to a few transportation issues (our motor needs a new alternator!) we couldn’t buy them at […]

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Buying Weaners

June 27, 2012
weaner  pigs 12 weeks

If you’re thinking about starting with pigs, buying a few weaners is your best bet. Weaners are pigs that have been weaned from their mother – usually about 8 weeks old. They will have been eating solid food for quite a few weeks, and they should be fine without their mother at this stage. Only […]

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Video Post: One Week Old Piglets Venture Outside

July 12, 2011

The following video shows piglets venturing outside and interacting with people. The sow is highly protective!

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