Cost of keeping pigs


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Complete pig novice here, considering getting a couple of weanlings to rear and put in the freezer. What sort of breeds are best? How much is it likely to cost to get to killing? How much is killing and cutting up etc and what feeds best etc etc, just toying with the idea at the moment but any tips/advice would be appreciated!
Just had 2 large blacks butchered cost £250 for the pair slaughter,butchered into joints, chops, sausages and burgers fed them bruised barley and handful of pig nuts bought at 7 weeks and off at 5 and a half months killed at 130 kg deadweight. Taste lovely first time having them but enjoyed having them about and will do it again. Old plastic oil tank for shelter and two strands of electric to keep them in plenty to forage at and they are happy piggies.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...