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  1. 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....
  2. 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,...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. New Virus Affecting Piglets

    There tends to be overreaction from media and government officials upon word of a swine-related disease spreading rapidly. The swine flu panic that took place in 2009 was supposed to be the virus that would spread uncontrollably around the world, but this proved to be a false alarm. There have been numerous cases of pig viruses, but very of them posed a real threat to the public.

    And even though the pig diseases hasn't harmed humans on a major level, these types of diseases are still...
  7. 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...
  8. Hogs in Britain (Part One)

    Is Britain doing the right thing by exporting its pigs to China? A new hog-based trade agreement with China may not be an ideal business venture for England, but it will prove to be a lucrative source of income.

    Britain is a country teetering on the brink of financial decay, so the country is looking for new and innovative ways of bringing in revenue. And it appears pigs will become a new avenue of income. In a $73.6 million trade agreement, Britain will export pig semen to China to improve...
  9. 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...
  10. 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:


    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...
  11. 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...
  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. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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