Diggin Dust Heritage Hogs

Heritage Hogs in a Respectable and Responsible Environment

Category: Mulefoot Pigs

Latest Weights – Growing Mulefoots

We sent the grower Mulefoots across the scale yesterday, and they did great. It usually takes a few times across the scale for them to figure it out, and for them to easily move across it. The issue we normally have when weighing is getting them to stand still to get a weight to read out. Once they are on it, they see their friends in the holding pen and want to go out with them! Usually they chill in a minute or so. Sometimes it takes a bit more patience.

All of these American Mulefoots are for sale! Please let us know if you are interested in reserving one for grow-out, or if you would like to pick one up today!

Here are their latest weights:

P1 – Thomas – Male – 145 Days Old – 140 lbs.
P2 – Mark – Male – 145 Days Old – 112 lbs.
LY 4-5 – Gilt – 134 Days Old – 119 lbs.
LY 4-2 – Gilt – 134 Days Old – 121 lbs.
LY 4-6 – Gilt – 134 Days Old – 80 lbs.
LY 4-3 – Gilt – 134 Days Old – 96 lbs.
LY 4-4 – Male – 134 Days Old – 116 lbs.
LY 4-1 – Male – 134 Days Old – 100 lbs.

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Ssshhhh… We Have A Little Secret…

We haven’t told very many people, but for the last week or so, we have been organizing and cleaning up the farm, preparing for a film crew to come out next week! We don’t have a lot of info, but our friends at Tender Belly asked us if we wanted to be in a segment about Colorado pig farming!

What we do know is that we are scheduled to have the film crew out here next week. We will release more information as we get it. We are thrilled that we will be able to show our farm to the viewing public, and show that there is a difference between the way we raise pigs and what is common in the industry.

More info soon!

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This Week on Pig-Match.com

Handsome Mulefoot Boars Seeking Long Term Relationship

A little about us: we are two registered Mulefoot boars, born on 09/17/2014. We have lived the good life here on the Diggin Dust Heritage Hog farm. We have lots of room to wander around, eat a very high-quality diet of locally produced feed, and enjoy gnawing on plants and lounging in mud.

What we are looking for: we have enjoyed our time at DDHH, but it is time for us to hook up with a female or two. Sow (experienced lady looking to teach us first-timers) or gilt (a little clumsy, like ourselves, but we will figure it out), we are not particular. We would pair up well with another registered Mulefoot, and continue to grow our kind, or we would be equally happy with another flavor. We have seen some pen-neighbors – a Mulefoot boar and a Berkshire sow – do their thing and their offspring were beautiful!

Do we sound interesting? Let’s hook up! We are located in the eastern plains of Colorado, in Cope. We can send more pictures if you can’t see enough of our handsome selves here!

 

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Playing Piglets

The piglets are almost six weeks old! They are growning quickly, and they are very active. I dropped a bucket into the pen the other day and they loved playing with it.

 

What is a Mulefoot Pig?

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The American Mulefoot Pig is a heritage breed of swine.  From the American Mulefoot Hog Association:

Today, the Mulefoot is the rarest of American swine breeds.The most distinctive feature of the American Mulefoot hog is the solid hoof which resembles that of a mule. The Mulefoot is a large docile, black hog with sows weighing 250-400 pounds, boars 350-600 pounds. The American Mulefoot has a documented population with a breed standard and a long history of agricultural use. This breed is unique to the United States and is critically rare. Recent events, however, have led to more optimism regarding its survival.
Animals favored by modern agribusiness aren’t those happy creatures featured in children’s books. They’re bred to emphasize marketable features: cows that deliver rivers of milk, for example, and pigs that produce uniformly large, low-fat pork chops. Other characteristics, such as resistance to disease or tolerance for heat, have been downplayed, because farmers can compensate with advanced care techniques and medicine. “Through better animal health, through better medicine and better control of the environment, we in a way obviated the need to breed these animals for hardiness in resisting negative environmental influences, including disease,”. “We have created a very delicate animal.”
The Mulefoot Pig and other heritage breeds thrive and are a hardy breed. Unlike the commercial breeds of today. They do not fit the description of “delicate”, thus are perfect as a farm addition.

The Mulefoot hog population is classified as Critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (fewer than 200 in annual registration). However its outlook is improving. It is now being raised by breeders across the United States

Without farms like Diggin Dust Heritage Hogs, the Mulefoot could become an extinct breed. Creating a market for the Mulefoot has increased its numbers, and will guarantee that the Mulefoot will be prolific and hopefully come back in record numbers in the near future.

Here are some good links to find out more: