I'm seeking any feedback from anyone who has raised pigs in Alaska. I have a few questions/concerns, as I am new to swine farming. We are considering buying 2 piglets to raise for eating, and have enough yard/woods to accommodate them and an enclosure. Not trying to raise any State Fair record sized swine, just some extra protein in the freezer to supplement our salmon and usual caribou....let's not talk about caribou hunting this year!
1. Is there a particular breed that does well with our climate?
2. Do you use an electric fence to keep the pigs in the pen and/or bears out?
3. What type of feed do you use? Do you feed them 1-2x per day, or leave a feeder in their pen?
4. Enclosure or pen style? I've got pallets, rebar and 2x4's that need to be used up, and of course tarps
Any other suggestions or comments from prior pig farmers? I 100% new to it, and would like to hear what others have experienced!