can I raise pigs and sheep for my own use?!

Question: Can I raise pigs and sheep for my own use?
What are the regulations on raising and breeding pigs and sheep for my dinner table.


If it's for your own use, in the UK, there aren't any regulations, as long as your animals don't cause any kind of nuisance and you treat them humanely. If you wanted to sell the meat you'd have to have a license (talk to your local council).

It's realitively easy if you have the space to hold animals. Generally councils do not allow you to raise livestock in built up areas. If you do raise your own animals you'll need an abatoire/slaughter house to process your animals in a safe, ethical and practical way.

You should instead look into buying wholesale from a farmer/meat producer who do mail order meat delivery and a choice of organic, freerange etc.

We raise our on pigs and slaughter them our self but we live in the country. We also make and smoke our on sausage. If you live in the country you can raise and eat what ever you want to with no regulations. If you plan on selling any then you will have a lot of regulations to go by. Good luck if you get to raise your own meat, it's much healthyer because you know whats going in the animals mouth.

Not sure exactlly what you are asking. Yes you can raise whatever you wnat if you take care of them. It might be affected by city or town codes, but if you are alloed in your area, sure you can. Be careful if you use any meds to mak esure that you follow the withdraw times before butchering. Although it seems that it is more costly to raise a pig from a piglet os around there. Feed is expensive. SOmetimes it is more money saving to buy a fully grown finished pig from a farm and have it butchered. ALso, your heart wont be broke in the process that way either

The only problem you might have is zoning restrictions, and your neighbors. Other than zoning, you can do as you will. I used to live in farm country in rural Illinois. We lived literally on the edge of town. Across the street was zoned for farms. Our side of the street was zoned single family residential. The difference was across the street, they could raise livestock, which we could not do on our side of the street. We COULD have raised chickens, however. Just not "large" animals. The difference stems from the area of land available. You can not raise cows on 1/4 acre lots which have a house on the property, but you CAN have ONE cow if you have a minimum of 10 acres. Zoning is based on the area available for the animals. You have to have certain minimum areas to support the animals you want to raise. And you have to have something like a barn and a whole slew of other things. If you do not already live on a farm zoned for raising livestock, you will have a lot of hoops to jump through to meet the zoning requirements to raise large animal livestock. The County Commissioner, the place that does land use planning, is the place that will know the zoning for your land. The records are kept by the county in the same place where deeds for property are kept. You also might try the county tax assessor for information. Where I live, 25 miles west of Seattle, they recently modified the zoning for residential lots to allow up to 6 chickens per 1/4 acre lot, but no crowing roosters. My next door neighbor went out and built a chicken coop and bought 6 chickens as soon as he found out. Before the zoning change, the community covenants disallowed any animals other than domestic pets such as dogs and cats. Do your homework on raising animals. Get a book at the library. It is NOT easy... and then, are you prepared to do your own butchering? Or is there a "mobile" butcher for hire available? I really hope you KNOW what you are getting into!

You will probably need local council consent to keep them in the first place and they will have to be registered so the meat can be traced if it ever got sold commercially and the slaughtering has to be done at a proper abattoir, you can't do it yourself

It varies greatly as to where and in what city you live in.

Check with your local Chamber of Commerce or City Hall


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