This winter we raised two hogs. We don't have too much land, and don't grow the grains that would be required for fully feeding them from products grown on our hobby farm.
My question is whether it is more sustainable to raise animals myself, or support local farms that raise more animals more efficiently. It seems like the economies of scale work up to a point when you balance humane treatment, pollution, and other factors. Where is that point?
For us, we were mostly using a commercial feed since the locally sourced feed available in our area (Scratch and Peck Feeds) was out of our price range. The pigs did fill a very good niche in our little system in that they ate anything that we didn't finish.