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Pink cuteness (for now)

April 26, 2012

My ultimate goal is to raise real heritage hogs.  Give me a good Tamworth, an Old Spot, or even a Red Wattle, and I will be happy.  I may even someday farrow my own hogs, since apparently it is hard to find heritage breed piglets!

I spent the last couple of months researching options for getting some real heritage pigs and found myself coming up short.  I continue to enjoy the taste and texture of my pork from last year, so I was getting a bit desperate to guarantee my winter fare.  Needless to say, I was amenable to the opportunity to get some little pink pigs, not exactly heritage, but probably close to what Joel Salatin would call “Nativized Genetics,” which is to say, the same family has been breeding them for quite a while and it is essentially its own breed, adapted to our climate and plant life.

I was able to put all three of them into a large dog crate for safe transport and they are now rooting around the hog pen until they get a little bigger.  Once they do, I will start working them toward open pasture, where they can eat more fresh fruits and vegetables (or root around in the dirt, as pigs are wont to do).

One of the joys of farming is getting to watch all the stages of life, so I thought it would be good to share this early photo of pink cuteness!

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  1. Lanlan permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:05 pm

    It seems to be the kind we have in China, we like those white pigs, not the black ones. We would like to take 1/4 of one! _Lanlan

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