What vocabulary do I need to know?

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by Brice, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Brice

    Brice New Member

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    Hi folks

    Looking into this pig for food growing. I'm not planning on more than one or two, but I've been reading around here and see terms I don't know.

    Can you give me a list of some of the main words I need to research and learn so I can learn from what you are saying.

    Thanks
     
  2. stormyday

    stormyday New Member

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    What words don't you understand? Post the here and someone will explain I'm sure
     

  3. Andi

    Andi New Member

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    Basic ...

    "Barrow" - a castrated male
    "Boar" - a mature male
    "Farrow" - to give birth, a litter of "piglets"
    "Gilt" - a female that has not been pregnant
    "Hog" - a term used mainly in the U.S. for "pig" generally
    "Pig" - in Old and Middle English, "pig" was originally reserved for small, young swine.
    "Porcine - anything resembling or characteristic of pigs
    "Sow" - a mature female
    "Swine" - pig generally
    "Queen" - A female that has never been mated

    But for sure ... Folks from different areas may use a different term. ;) (and sometimes it just best to ask if you are unsure)
     
  4. Brice

    Brice New Member

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    Andi - thanks so much, that's exactly the vocabulary I was needing so I could understand what the more knowledgeable members here are describing.
     
  5. Angie

    Angie New Member

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    Brice that was a really good question, and Andi that really is essential to understanding the post from people who have years of pig experience.
     
  6. crabapple

    crabapple New Member

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    Do not remember Queen or barrow from my childhood.
    But we never had a Queen, we sold the gilt or made sows out of them.
    We fatten the Barrow & call them fatten hog, which we butchered 4-6 week after he became a Barrow.
    But that why I am on this site, to learn a better way, if there is one.
    We are getting a few gilt for the Spring & Summer, the process them in the fall.
     
  7. Highlands

    Highlands Pastured Pigs in Vermont

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    There are many terms that are specific to pigs and pig farming, just like with most specialties. I've collected some together in a FAQ you can see here:

    http://SugarMtnFarm.com/FAQ

    There are some regional and national differences, of course.
     
  8. crabapple

    crabapple New Member

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    THANK YOU! Highlands!
    I need two weaners, one for a roaster for the 4th of July.
    One for a Finisher about the end of October.
    Never heard most of these as a child.
     
  9. piglett

    piglett New Member

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    outstanding info Andi

    thankyou
     
  10. blonde1

    blonde1 New Member

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    ~suckers~ -still on Mum or just off for the first few days
    ~spits~ - to say 30 or 40 kg and used for a spit lunch or dinner
    ~finisher~ - bacon nearly ready or ready to hit the market
    ~choppers~ - old sows that have finished farrowing and are ready for market.