Articles from uvengwa

  1. How Dangerous Are Pigs?

    There's no doubt that feral pigs pose a danger to humans, but how about your average, domesticated pig?

    You won't find many articles on domestic pigs that went on rampages, but there has been a recent case where a wild 600 pound pig injured a woman while feeding livestock on her property in England. A pig is just like any other animal, and will lash out if feeling cornered or mistreated. In general, domestic pigs are not dangerous, but they can bite, since they are natural foragers. And...
  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. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Pig Profile: Babirusa

    Feral pigs have been in the news as of late because of their growing presence around the country. But have you ever wondered about other feral pigs around the world? Babirusas are not considered nuisance pigs, and they are now a protected species.

    I've always been fascinated by this pig since I did research on them over seven years ago. They are especially interesting because of their tusk curvature and sharp, lower teeth.

    These pigs are native to the Togian islands of Indonesia: Sula,...
  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. Pig Profile: Entelodonts

    The above picture is that of a warthog, considered one of the fiercest pigs on the planet, but the entelodont was THE fiercest pig within the animal kingdom.

    We normally think of pigs has docile creatures to be consumed on a commercial basis, but it was a much different story millions of years ago.

    Check out a photo of the entelodont here.

    Entelodonts lived roughly 18 million years ago from the middle of the Eocene to the early Miocene epochs. They lived for 21 million years throughout...
  9. Pig Grooming Tips

    We tend to think of pigs as creatures that wallow in dirt and mess, but pigs require proper care and maintenance as any other pet would. However, pigs require less upkeep, since they are fairly capable of looking after themselves, and you don\'t have to deal with heavy fur. If you\'re thinking of getting a pet pig for your home, caring for them is easier than you may think.

    Bathing

    The skins of pigs are naturally clean, and do not need to be washed on a frequent basis. Only bathe your pig...
  10. Garbage Eaters of Egypt

    In the western world, we tend to take garbage collection for granted, but many communities throughout the world have found innovative ways of reducing and recycling refuse.

    Take Egypt, for instance, a country that uses pigs to reduce excess waste from city to city.

    But there's more to this story than meets the eye as Egypt struggles with political and ethnic tensions.

    Since 2011, mountains of garbage have accumulated due to ongoing protests and lacking public services. Pigs have...
  11. Thinking of Getting a Pig? (Part One)

    It's a shame society mostly views the pig as nothing more than a slab of meat on a plate, because pigs are intelligent animals that are curious, friendly and playful. Pig have personalities, just like dogs and cats, and they can be a wonderful addition to your home or land. There are different reasons why owners keep pet pigs, such as breeding, or to have one as a companion in the home. If you're thinking about pig ownership for the home, consider a smaller pet breed like a pot-bellied, mini...
  12. 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...
  13. 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

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  14. Healthy Ingredients for Your Pig

    In my last article, I touched upon some nutritious feed ingredients pigs need to stay healthy. Farm animal feed comprises a large portion of our national corn supply, but certain types are not always good for your pig. For pigs 100 pounds and over, they need feed that is 80 percent carbs and roughly 20 percent protein. Meats can also be an essential part of the diet, since pigs are omnivores. And you must also keep vitamins and nutrients in mind.

    Pigs need the same nutrients as humans....
  15. 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...
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