American Guinea Hogs that is. As many of you know I have been wanting pigs for awhile. The breeds that I have been looking at were Mangalitsa, American Guinea Hog, and Idaho Pasture Pigs. I ended up learning more about the AGHs at the Mother Earth News Fair and finding a breeder near me that could get me two boars and two gilts that are from different litters. I am going to buy them registered, so that I can sell breeding stock if there is a demand for it.
The plan is to keep the friendlier of the two boars, and butcher the other for bacon. Mmmm…. bacon. And other pork of course. One of the main reasons I decided on the AGH was that they pasture well, are a lard pig, and are significantly smaller than other even heritage hogs. An AGH boar will top out around 300 lbs, give or take, where many other breeds could be 600-800 lbs. The downside is that they get to butcher weight slower, but the taste is said to make up for it. They are included on the slowfoodusa ark of taste. I have put a deposit down on them and will be able to pick them up sometime in the next few weeks.
In the meantime I have listed most of our sheep and Oreo for sale. In fact, I will be calling someone back about Oreo later today. Selling her quickly would pay for the pigs, and make the pasture last significantly longer.
I am still trying to spend more time on the YouTube channel, and if you haven’t checked it out, please do. Homestead Dad YouTube. I am hoping the videos continue to get better and more polished, but it is obviously a work in progress.
Always moving forward. Until next time.