I am shocked at the distinct lack of swine threads here! Bunnies are cute and cuddly,chickens and goats got personality and their uses as well,but for a real gots to eat proper food situation, and something to go with all those eggs you have got to get a pig! If this big city boy turned farmer can learn to raise pigs to slaughter weight, then almost anyone can! I could barely tell the difference between a cow and a pig two out of three times on a good day when I started. The easiest way to tell? Pigs are WAY smarter and a much more appreciative audience when you feel like waxing poetic or philosophical. Don't ask how I know this, but they really enjoy a nice deep voice singing to them. Notice I keep saying "pigs" and not hogs. The difference of course being that hogs are breeding stock while pigs are for food and should not be larger than 225 pounds or so when they meet their fate. I always bought feeder pigs from a breeder and let him deal with the hog issues while I had small but not for long beasties that made some delicious meals in just a few months with minimal feed costs.