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   Jan 23

American Guinea Hogs

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American Guinea Hogs were our first foray into expanding the ranch. We purchased a pregnant sow in November of 2010, and it was only a month before she had her piglets!

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We’ve been growing ever since. As of January 2013, we have 27 hogs on the ranch. The Guinea Hog was once a staple for the family farm, supplying them with meat and lard. As a lard hog, they do have a bit more fat than some of the modern breeds. But, we’ve found the flavor of the pork to be fantastic and whenever we start running low on lard in the freezer, we make sure to ask our processor to save the fat, so that we can render it.

We’ve found that they are very easy to keep. Using only two wires, we only rarely see an escape. They are also very intelligent and quick to learn the ways of an electric fence. In fact, they learn it so well, that we can turn it off for up to two weeks, before one is bound to discover that it is off. The ensuing “pig parade”, around the yard, is quite entertaining, and it’s hard to get mad at them for escaping when we forget to turn the fence back on.

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