pig-breeds

10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
September 16, 2019 · · Pigs

Has the time come to add pig breeds to your list of homestead goals? With the proper homestead fencing and pig shelter, the quick grow out time for most pig …

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
September 3, 2019 · · Pigs

Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its docile, friendly nature. …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
August 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Finding the best return on your investment when raising pigs for profit is the ultimate goal. Piglets are cute and fun to watch, but they grow quickly and require a …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
August 5, 2019 · · Pigs

Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few pigs intended for …

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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding
June 30, 2019 · · Homesteading

In their call to preserve biodiversity, the FAO stresses the importance of preserving heritage breeds and avoiding the results of inbreeding.

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An Academic (and Organic) Approach to the Mulefoot Hog
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

By Cherie Dawn Haas – When Bill Landon and Sharyn Jones, of Pleasant Ridge Hamlets in Kentucky, chose to branch into the unknown and begin raising the Mulefoot hog in 2015, …

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Saving the Meishan Pig and Ossabaw Island Hog
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

The Meishan and Ossabaw pig breeds are two very dissimilar breeds. They are both at a critical juncture in their history. While one breed is from the United States, the …

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Raising Piglets: Ensuring Your Little Ones Are Born Safely
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

By Jodi Cronauer, Patton, Pennsylvania – Springtime! The time of rebirth, awakening, and babies! For those of us raising piglets, this is a time of little ones running through the fields and …

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Free Range Pig Farming on the Homestead
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

By Al Doyle – With free-range pig farming, you’ll be raising your own high-quality meat. Like other home-raised food products, meat from a homestead hog is far superior in texture and …

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Important Piglet Care Facts to Know
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

What kind of piglet care should you be prepared for when raising pigs? Fortunately, the sow normally does all of the hard work for you. There are a few piglet …

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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it’s on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy. When you look at the Red Wattle pig, …

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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Raising pigs for meat is a great step toward self-sustaining living, and there are several hog breeds that appear on guides to pig farming for beginners. When we first acquired …

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