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  1. 5 Interesting Facts About Pigs

    Pigs, as we know, are interesting, marvelous creatures. Often underestimated and unappreciated, the pig has some rather intriguing traits that are sadly not always common knowledge. There are plenty of fascinating things to learn about pigs that might surprise even the most seasoned pig owner or handler. 1. Pigs are faster than they appear. If you have ever had a pig, or herd of pigs, escape a fence, you know all too well what an experience that can be. Chasing down one or more pigs can be...
  2. A Pig in Curls: The Mangalitsa

    Pigs come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. From teeny tiny teacup pigs to massive monster pigs, to say there is variation amongst the species is to hit the nail on the head. Pigs come in different colors as well, and some of them even sport different hair styles, at least as where the Mangalitsa is concerned. Photo: Note Passer At first glance, a Mangalista may look like a standard pig from afar, but when you take a closer look, something unsual will reveal itself, that being a curly...
  3. A Pig's Eye View

    If you watch a pig for a long enough amount of time, you will notice certain behaviors that are common amongst the species. This could be ways in which they conduct themselves, such as types of movement or the way they appear to look at things. You may notice a certain cock of the head or a point at which a pig moves away from an implied threat. It could even be that you see your pigs try to fit into holes and spaces that are too tight for them. These behaviors and more are because of the...
  4. After Farrowing, now what?

    We've reached our fourth part on preventing piglet mortality from farrowing to weaning, and this will conclude normal farrowing operations. Our focus until now has been on getting to farrowing and the immediate needs the first day or so after farrowing. This piece will cover the management needed to lower the 18% piglet moralities between birth and weaning: Now that we've got hooves on the ground, it's time to take care of some of the things that can cause piglet mortalities after birth:...
  5. American Landrace

    Photo from Bib In previous articles, I highlighted some rare pig breeds, but the American Landrace is one of the more common breeds you\'ll find in the United States. It is a breed commonly used for bacon production, but they produce a fair share of milk for their litters, and they can reproduce efficiently. Studies have shown that the height of their milk production begins at around 5 weeks of lactation. History of the Breed It comes from Danish Landrace, going all the way back to...
  6. Ancient Egyptian Pigs

    Have you ever thought of the pig as a symbol of good luck? The ancient Egyptians once thought so, and their body parts were thought to have healed major ailments. In my previous article about pigs in Egypt, I highlighted the plight of Coptic Christians who use pigs to clean up Egypt's mounting garbage. But let's rewind all the way back to ancient Egypt. Hog Worship The pig has always held a prominent role in Egyptian history before Christians and Arabs came to coexist in this ancient...
  7. Berkshire Pigs

    Photo from Bark This is another rare pig that came from England, being listed as a vulnerable breed in 2008, with fewer than 300 sows in existence in previous years. It is a breed you can find in the United States, since they were first imported in the country in 1823. The actual history of this pig goes back over 350 years in England. Oliver Cromwell made mention of them because of their fine tasting pork and ham. It was a popular breed through the end of World War Two, known as a lard...
  8. Can You Conquer the Fear Other Animals Have of Pigs?

    To a person or animal that has or does not spend a lot of time around pigs, getting acquainted with them can be a daunting task. When you consider the vast array of sounds pigs can make and behaviors they might exhibit, it can be tough to decipher what the intentions of a pig might be when meeting for the first time. This is something that is easily understood and overcome by the experienced pig farmer, but what if you have other animals on your property that might have to at times interact,...
  9. China's Pig Problem

    Imagine yourself talking a stroll up to the river only to find the water is murky black, with rotting pig carcasses floating at your feet. According to eye witness accounts, mutilated pigs have been spotted with their organs exposed, and dead piglets were a common sight. This is daily life for some villagers in certain Chinese provinces. If you've been following international news for the past year, you already know about the thousands upon thousands of rotting pigs that have been floating...
  10. Coccidiosis in Piglets

    Coccidiosis is a parasitic infection that can multiply in the intestinal tract of animals. It is a disease that affects a wide range of animals, including humans, but especially young piglets. It mostly spreads by feces and contact with infected animals. Piglets that are up to 15 weeks of age are the most vulnerable. Although death from coccidiosis is avoidable, piglets can perish from this outbreak if not given proper medical treatment. Symptoms Even though coccidiosis is deadlier for...
  11. Common Diseases in Pigs

    Pigs are susceptible to infections, and diseases can mean huge losses, when you are keeping small or big herds. Here is a list of common pig diseases and health conditions, and the ways you can improve chances of your pig survival by paying attention to the symptoms and providing the required medical attention. Worms Pigs can be infected with roundworms and tapeworms. Roundworms thrive in the pig's gut, whereas tapeworms live in the pig's muscles. Roundworms can damage the liver and lungs...
  12. Cutting Needle Teeth

    Piglets are born with a set of eight surprisingly sharp teeth. So sharp are these teeth that they are referred to as 'needle teeth.' After birth, these teeth are often clipped due to the hazards they prevent if left intact. The procedure of clipping needle teeth is quick but does require care to get the optimum benefits from doing so. The most important reason to clip needle teeth is because of the level and degree of sharpness they bring to the table...the table being the teats in this...
  13. Diet Tips For Your Pet Pig

    Photo from Millbry Hill The following is a general guideline of some positive feeding tips for your pet. Pet owners have a vareity of others of ways of keeping thier pet pigs helahty, but here are some extra tips to point you in the right direction. Pet Pig Feed In many pet stores, you're just not going to find pet pig feed for your swine companion, since they are still considered farm animals in many areas of the country. However, there are certain supply stores and websites that sell...
  14. During Farrowing - The Piglets

    We're up to our third part on preventing piglet mortality in the time from farrowing to weaning. Up until now, our focus has been on the sow and how her care is reflected in reducing the 25% piglet mortality rate, with 7.1% at birth and 18.2% after they are born. Now we'll take a look at the piglets and the management they need to avoid diseases and deaths early on in life: It's interesting to note that it's actually the piglet that starts the labor process. Once it has matured enough to...
  15. Duroc Pigs

    The Duroc pig can look intimidating on the surface, but never judge a book by its cover. However, this is definitely not a house pig to have around the house. Even though these pigs are considered a popular commercial breed by meat producers, they still make great show pigs. And, since this pig is one of the gentlest pigs out there, it is an excellent choice if you want to breed stout, muscular pigs. Historically, this pig has been a top choice for breeders and hog farmers. And it is a...
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