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Photo by Jack Rowland
Photo by Jack Rowland
Guinea Hogs, also known asrnPineywoods Guinea, Guinea Forest Hog, Acorn Eater, and Yard Pigs, are unique tornthe United States. Despite their name, Guinea Hogs are not from the country ofrnGuinea. The Guinea Hog has a black coat, sturdy body, curly tail and uprightrnears.

Guinea hogs are very easy hogs to keep. They are good as free-range foragers but they are alsornat home in a farmyard. No vaccinations, worming rarely needed no vetrnbills unless a hog is physically injured. If farrowing is planned in the springrnor summer, just a dry covered nesting place is needed. No heat, etc. is needed.rnThey are easy to contain with a high tensile electric fence (you will need arnlow wire at 6 inches, 18 inches, and 30 inches). They are even handy to have aroundrnbecause they eat snakes.

If they are habituated to people as piglets, they becomerndog like and actively seek out people for a scratch and tummy rub. They layrndown at your feet and go to sleep.

They do fine on just pasture and hay, but some ranchers supplementrntheir feed with sprouted grains. These are lard pigs so you should go veryrnlight on commercial feed, except when lactating or they will go to fat. A fatrnhog will have trouble breeding. Sows need to be bred their 1st year or theyrnwill lose their fertility. 

Guinea hogs are small pigsrncompared to modern breeds; they weigh less than 200 pounds and will yield 50 torn100 pounds of meat and fat. 

Guinea Hogs fell out of favorrnafter 1880 and for a while they were in danger of being entirely lost. In 2005rnthe American Guinea Hog Association was formed which now ensures its continuedrnexistence. The Guinea Hog is also included in Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste, arncatalog of heritage foods in danger of extinction. They are now on a comeback -rnthere where around about 1200 hogs as of 2014.


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The American Guinea Hog Association The American Guinea Hog Association - www.guineahogs.org


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