Buying a Micro Pig

A micro pig is a pig that has been selectively bred down in size for many generations to become smaller in adulthood than other pigs.  

Micro pigs come in various sizes, however usually grow to just below the knee. It is not possible to estimate the size of full-grown micro pig; we can only guide you by showing you their parents and advise on proper care and feeding.

Here at KLP we take pride in knowing that we are the Uk’s leading specialist breeders who are in control of our breeding, ensuring that our boars do not run freely with our gilts/sows.  

This allows us to choose a boar for mating. We determined the suitability of a boar depending on their size, age and temperament. This process ensures we get the right results from our breeding programme. Our customers then have peace of mind knowing they can see the parents of piglets we sell. All our pigs can be traced back through the KLP family tree.


We have limited number of micro pigs for sale every year, with litters born towards the end of April. As well as piglets we sell pigs of various ages.  Please check our pigs for sale document for details for availability. We are dedicated on selling our Micro pigs to people who are caring and passionate, those that are well informed and are ready to accept the process of looking after a micro pig.

With our 8 years of experience in the industry we offer a Comprehensive pig keeping course guide for first time pig owners. The course details all the legalities and care that go into owning a micro pig. This course is essential for those who are looking for a new addition to their homes.


Why own a micro pig?

Micro pigs make wonderful pets for families, schools and small petting farms. They have a gentle nature and enjoy lots of love and attention.  A micro pig’s hair is hypoallergic making them excellent pets for those with allergies. They also require minimal vaccinations and veterinary visits which keeps cost considerably low in comparison to other pets.

 

Due to their inquisitive and chatty nature we’d always advise keeping pigs in pairs, they can get lonely and additional company for them helps reduce boredom and stress.

Micro pigs are fantastic pets for people of all ages, however they are very different to most animals, so there are various considerations that must be taken.


Things to consider:

  • Do you have the right space to keep a pig? Pigs must be kept fenced in pens with appropriate shelter. Micro Pigs homes are called 'pig arks'. You can buy ready-made pig arks or houses. Pigs cannot regulate their temperature and may overheat, so shade needs to be provided. The ark must be draft and damp free. We keep our micro pigs on woodchip, which you can get from tree surgeons or garden centres. Micro pigs are natural foragers and may dig or root up your garden, thick layers of woodchip help reduce damage. It is important to get good fencing as micro pigs are known to be good escape artists therefore you must have a safe penned area for the micro pigs to live in. It is essential to install and use correct fencing. We use a reputable builder who constructs and maintains all of our pens.  Micro pigs are allowed inside your house but must have access to outside space to express their natural behaviour.
  • Feeding: We feed our micro pigs Allen & Page Potbellied pig feed which is arguably the best on the market. It contains 12% protein, is organic and non-GM. We buy ours through a local feed merchant and provide a delivery of feed through our set up service, charging £15.00per bag (excluding delivery cost). A 20kg bag will last 1 pig 6-8 weeks and 2 pigs roughly 1 month. It is illegal to feed your micro pigs anything that has passed through your kitchen, scraps or commercial waste. We can supply you with a feeding guide, as it is important not to over feed your micro pigs. Pigs also love fresh fruit and veg. As an occasional treat we recommend apples, pears, bananas, carrots and cabbage. Like with all pets you must always have a fresh, clean water supply for the micro pigs. In winter your hoses and pipes may freeze so always have a bucket to carry the water to the micro pigs
  • Husbandry: This is the way in which you look after your micro pigs is important establishing a good routine. Micro pigs must be checked on twice a day for signs of illness or damage to fencing. It is very important to keep things sanitary. The micro pig’s equipment i.e bowls, scoops, water buckets, troughs, etc must be disinfected with a broad-spectrum disinfectant. You can get this through our suppliers who offer next day delivery. Due to pigs being zoonotic, you must use must use an anti-bacterial hand gel before and after contact with the pigs.  
  • Castration of boars: We can offer this service for an additional £200 per boar. Castration provides behavioural benefits for the animals and makes them easier to care for. It also reduces testosterones and androsterone’s in the animal’s body which reduces the effect of ‘boar taint’.  Castration also helps limit tusk growth.

The above is discussed in detail during the Comprehensive Pig Keeping course and we will work with you to ensure all of your questions and queries are answered.


Prices

The prices for our micro pigs reflect of the quality we provide, including the peace of mind of knowing your new pet has come from a responsible and fully established breeder. Each pig comes with up to date documentations, medical records and birth certificates.


Our pigs start from £300. Our Piglets born at the end of April are available from 8 weeks old. Piglets are £650 each or two for £1100. You can find a list of our pigs for sale on our PIGS FOR SALE page. 


Start-up costs

  • Comprehensive pig keeping course guide - £60
  • Delivery fee – from £75
  • Admin fee (collection only) £40
  • Equipment (Food, water bowels, buckets, hand gel, disinfectant, hay, straw) Prices vary
  • Fencing and pig houses - Our team can discuss during your visit

Additional costs and upkeep

  • Boar castration – £200 per pig (Includes 48-hour care and observation)
  • Ear Tagging £10 for 10 stamped tags and £40 per pig to tag
  • Feed - £15.00 per 20kg bag every 6-8 weeks (per pig)
  • Pig Oil – for the application of dry skin. Between £7-10per Litre
  • Straw for bedding £6 per bail
  • Hay for feeding

Top FAQ’s for Miniature Pig Keeping

Q - How big do Miniature pigs grow?

A - Around knee height – average 18 to 20 Inches


Q – How long do Miniature Pigs live for?

A – Between 12 – 15 years if cared for correctly


Q – How much space do they need?

A – Roughly 6 Square Meters with a Sty


Q – How many should I buy?

A – 2 or more as they are sociable animals


Males

  • Boar = entire male
  • Barrow = male castrated before sexual maturity
  • stag = male castrated after sexual Maturity

Females

  • Sows = female who has had a litter
  • Gilt = juvenile female
  • Pigs reach sexual maturity 5-7 months- female 9 months
  • Oestrus cycle = 21 days - 3 day in oestrus (heat)

Checklist: Daily Routine

  • Feeding and check water
  • Mucking out
  • Check Fencing
  • Check for poisonous plant

Notifiable Diseases

Some more common include: Blue Ear, Foot & Mouth, Rabies & Swine Flu

  • Must be confirmed by a vet
  • Vet will then notify DEFRA

Legalities

  • CPH number – Rural Payment Agency (RPA) Call 03000 200301
  • Herd number - ear tags from animal health Call 03000 200301
  • Stock inventory update is done annually
  • Medical records
  • Movement records
  • Holding record = all records must be kept for 5 years even after death/absence of animals
  • Pig walking license = Annual – email your local animal health trading standards
  • Ear tagging is done at 12 months or before you apply for a walking license (we offer this service)






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