Oh dear! How long is a piece of string? In an open market, the sky’s the limit but we will try and help by listing some guide prices here. Pigs are prolific animals and individual prices for weaners are generally not as high as for pedigree puppies, for instance. But farmers must not undersell themselves and you should expect to pay a reasonable price for a pedigree animal. If you think these prices are dear for a pedigree animal, just compare them with those for puppies!
The most basic rule of thumb is £6/week based on age. That makes a weaner £48 at 8 weeks and a maiden gilt ready for her first service £216 at nine months old. But this is just a base calculation and you must expect to pay more for good examples of the breed and at times when demand outstrips supply.
The following is a guide only for pedigree pigs with the cost of registration to be added. You may find pigs being offered more cheaply and you will find pigs that are dearer, especially if you go to auction. Because more is being asked, it does not mean that the breeder is wrong and you should not dismiss that offer. If he or she is a leading breeder, they can often sell more pigs than they can produce and if you want top breeding, you must be prepared to pay more.
Guide Prices – Excluding Registration Costs: Weaners 8-12 weeks £40-£70 Maiden Gilts 6-12 months £180-£300 In-pig Gilts 11-16 months £250-£450 Boars 6-12 months £200-£350
PLEASE READ THE PARAGRAPH ABOVE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THESE GUIDE PRICES