How can I fit pigs into my family's farm?

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth
Funds awarded in 2010: $400.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2012
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Coordinator:
Lydia Gioja
Joy of Illinois Farm


  • Animals: swine


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, housing, free-range, grazing management, manure management, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, preventive practices, grazing - rotational
  • Education and Training: youth education
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, whole farm planning
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal abstract:

    Can I profitably raise pigs on a rotational pasture behind ruminants without destroying the pasture? My family rarely eats pork, and we do not raise pigs.

    I want to raise homegrown, healthy pork for my family. It will add to the diversity of our farm. Many of our customers have special health needs, and they are looking for pasture-raised meat from farmers they know.

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