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  1. Pig Profile: Warthogs

    In one of my other pig profile articles, I highlighted the babirusa of Southeast Asia, a wild pig with an intimidating appearance, but there\'s another tough pig that is worth discussing. The warthog is a form of pig commonly found in grasslands and plains area of Sub-Saharan Africa, and the pig gets its name from the warts on its face, which comprises of fat pockets for defense and fighting. This is the only form of pig that has adapted to grazing. It is an omnivorous pig that will feed on...
  2. Pig Not Eating?

    Pigs are hefty eaters by nature, so when they stop eating suddenly, this is cause for concern. There are a variety of reasons why a pig has stopped eating, and the matter should be addressed immediately, since it could be symptomatic of a larger problem. The root of the problem could range from mild to deadly serious. Constipation This is a common problem in older pigs, and you\'ll have to examine their bathroom habits. If you notice the pig is straining to go, or if the little fecal...
  3. Top Seven Pig Foods For Your Pig

    As stated in previous articles, pigs are not living garbage disposals that can eat anything, but they can eat most things. Pigs are omnivores, able to eat plants and meat sources, and they are hefty eaters with voracious appetites. But there are some foods they need in their diets. Whether you're raising commercial or pet pigs, here are some things that are healthy foods for your pig. Corn This will be in your grain category. Corn is the most typical of foods you're going to find in a pig...
  4. Trimming Pig Feet

    Pig\'s feet are like any other animal\'s foot. If a hog does not get a set amount of walking and exercise, their feet can grow long and become uncomfortable for them. If you have a pot-bellied pig, it will become necessary to trim their hooves down, but it is an easy process. To give you an idea of what you\'ll be cutting, a pig\'s foot consists of two toes with two dewclaws. Each of these toes are encased with a hard nail, with blood vessels in each hoof. From Image Zone Preparation The...
  5. Yorkshire Pigs

    Image from Conover Show Pigs If you\'re looking for a common pig with good breeding capabilities, then look no further than the English Large White, or Yorkshire pig. This is a great hog for breeders looking to foster more piglets and to add a sturdy bloodline to your herd. It is a good pig to have for intensive farming. This is one of the most common pigs you\'ll find in North America. The Yorkshire pig has an extensive history dating way back to Yorkshire, England, but was first brought...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Large Black Hogs

    From Large Black Hogs The Large Black, otherwise known as Cornwall Black or Devon, are pigs that originate from Britain, and became useful for extensive farming because of their natural foraging instincts. They are not well-suited for intensive farming, which is why their numbers declined post-World War Two, as more farmers turned to intensive techniques. Because of this shift in farming methods, the breed of this pig almost became extinct in the 1960s, but their numbers have been slowly...
  12. Hogs in Britain (Part Three): Teacup Pigs

    In my previous article about hogs in Britain, I discussed the commercial value in exporting prime pigs to China, along with using them to address Britain's food waste problem. But there is another facet of British society where hogs are finding themselves in the spotlight again. More British residents are seeing teacup hogs as lovable pets. On the surface, this may sound wonderful for the pigs, but not necessarily. As with any other fad pet craze, the end result is usually hundreds of...
  13. Great Pets if You Can Find Them: Middle White Pigs

    Middle Whites were considered the pork of choice during the early 1900s, but they entered into rare status towards the late 20th century. The breed was first developed in 1852 by Joseph Tulley, a weaver from the Yorkshire area of England. At the time, these pigs were popular attractions at fairs. There were only Small White and Large White classifications, but Tulley developed the Middle White that did not specifically meet qualifications. But the breed was eventually introduced throughout...
  14. Pig Profile: Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig

    n today's society, we most often see pigs as our next meal, which is a shame when considering their personalities and lovable nature. Get an idea of their playful demeanor in this video: [MEDIA=youtube]L26M7fpRIA4[/MEDIA] They are lovable creatures, but due to the pig's popularity as a house pet, more people abandoned these hogs when they grew larger than expected. There are a number of efforts around the world to find them homes, such as the California Potbellied Pig Association...
  15. Hogs in Britain (Part Two): Recycled Pig Feed

    In my previous article about hogs in Britain, I ended with a bit about overconsumption in Britain, and how instrumental hogs could be in reducing waste. It sounds like a good idea on the surface, but there are some obstacles and ethical questions. The pig is finding itself in a more prominent role in cash-strapped Britain, where many are looking to cut costs and make money. And various groups have a different roles for pigs in British society. One of them is to use food from retail and...
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