How much does a pig cost? There is no simple dollar figure that I can give you. Because there are so many factors that can change the value of a pig, such as; feed prices, market price, and the one we all feel, fuel prices. Breeders have to take into consideration all of these factors plus a handful more when setting the price of their hogs.
Secondly, it depends on what type of pig you want. Are you just wanting a feeder pig(pig to raise for butchering)? Are you looking for good breeding pigs? or maybe you want to go all out and get registered pigs that you can breed for show?
If you are looking for feeder pigs, then why not check out Craigslist? There are usually quite a few cheap pigs to choose from. Just be warned: Any body can raise a pig, and they don’t need to know what breed they have to do it. I have seen some real ugly pigs on Craigslist that folks are pawning off as Yorkshire pigs, Hampshire pigs, or even Duroc pigs. Not to mention the number of pigs that are Ferrel(wild) crossed to domestic. I suggest getting to know the breeds of pigs first. Also, be careful about buying a Ferrel hog. Not that they aren’t good to eat, but they don’t convert commercial feed to muscle very well. You end up with lots of fat and feed ain’t cheep. I have seen decent pigs go anywhere from $50 to $100 on Craigslist.
Auctions are another good source for feeder pigs. Many farmers will take their cull pigs(not worth breeding) to the auction as a way to get rid of a lot of baby pigs real fast. You can pick up pigs pretty cheap at a livestock auction. I have seen them go for $5 all the way $70, depending on breed, size, and market value. Again, make sure you know what you want and don’t let some slick talking idiot sell you a junk hog for top dollar.
Breeding pigs are a completely different matter. And you should expect to pay more for good breeding pigs. This is where Craigslist ends and quality swine farms come to play. The best place to locate farms for breeding pigs is the breeder’s directory for the type of pig you want. These ain’t no(I like that double negative) cheap ass pigs. Expect to pay from $300 to over $1000 for good breeding stock. The up side is that you may be able to purchase a gilt or sow that is already bred, which means you don’t need to get a boar right away, or even at all if you can get comfortable doing artificial insemination.
For Yorkshire, Duroc, Hampshire, and Landrace click here
For Chester, Poland, and Spots click here (once there click on the members link under each breed)
For Berkshire Pigs click here
For Gloucestershire Old Spots(say that 3 times real fast) click here
For Hereford Hogs click here
I am sure that I didn’t answer the simple question, How much does a pig cost? But, I hope that you get a better understanding of the true value a pig has. So, the short and sweet answer is, for a good feeder pig, expect to pay from $60-$100 depending on age and breed.
For breeding pigs of good quality and genetically sound bloodlines, expect to pay somewhere between $300-$1000. Keep in mind that some of these pigs sell at shows for thousands of dollars. Yep, you read it right. We have purchased semen from boars that were bought for over $25,000.
If you know of a good farm that has quality pigs for sale, please leave us their contact info in the comments. We love giving credit when it’s due. At the same time, if you’ve been to a farm that should be reported to animal control, we all need to know that too.