RED WATTLE HOGS
Red Wattle Hogs are currently a critically endangered heritage breed registered through the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. They have a reputation for having lean, flavorful meat. They are also known to be mellow, easy to handle, and hardy enough to thrive in outdoor facilities.
WHY WE RAISE RED WATTLE HOGS
Their hardy attributes allow the Red Wattles to handle, and enjoy, living outside on pasture without suffering leg or other injuries. This is especially important since our animals are raised outside. We want an animal that requires little in the form of extra maintenance.
- It is our experience that this breed, in general, is tame and easy to handle, especially when compared to some other breeds we have raised in the past. They seem to be less flighty, especially with age.
- Sows have the ability to farrow and raise large litters of healthy vigorous piglets on her own until weaned; keeping in mind, of course, that we select for these traits in our stock.
- They are comparable to reaching market weight alongside their commercial counterparts.
- Their meat is of excellent quality. Red Wattle Pork is, at the very least, far beyond what you would purchase at the store. Past customers have told us that they will never go back to store bought, and that Red Wattle Meat is the best they've ever had. We would agree with that.
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR IN BREEDING STOCK?
We keep extensive records so we can improve our own herd animals, and won't sell an animal for breeding stock that we wouldn't keep ourselves. All of our breeding stock comes from good maternal sows and good boars.
Large Birth Weights: Research shows that birth weight is a major contributing factor for a quality, fast growing animal.
Vigorous and Healthy Attitudes: We want to see bright eyes, healthy hair coats and an active attitude.
Sound Feet: Freely moving, athletic animals are a must, especially when it comes to boars and their performance.
Good Length and Well-Formed Underlines: Important in both a boar and a gilt. We want to see at least 12 well-formed teats on all breeding animals.
OUR PHILOSOPHY AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
Our goals on the farm are to keep production up and stress levels down. Our pigs are raised naturally, outside, in the fresh air. We are not certified organic; however, we do grow our own open-pollinated corn and our feed does not contain hormones or antibiotics. We want our animals to work for us without unnessesary, unhealthy additives.
We also provide enrichment for our pigs, including play objects, to promote healthy activity and behavior.
We have a real concern for the welfare of our animals as individuals. We do not use antibiotics or other medications unless necessary, but will treat as needed for comfort and health.