In Pig News – Durocs and Landraces

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I found out this week what pigs I would be getting. I wanted two Durocs but the breeder (small) didn’t have enough, but they have one I can have, and so offered a landrace as the second breed. So I took it. For those interested in weaner prices this year, the Duroc was $90, the Landrace was $80. More expensive due to demand this year with pig disease going around and other breeders sold out.

Here is info from wikipedia, great source for this sort of thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duroc_(pig) Duroc pig is an older breed of Americandomestic pig that forms the basis for many mixed-breed commercial hogs. Duroc pigs are red, large-framed, medium length, and muscular, with partially drooping ears, and tend to be one of the least aggressive of all the swine breeds. They also have an excellent rate of gain.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Landrace The American Landrace is a medium to large breed of domestic pig, white in colour, with long bodies, fine hair, long snouts, and heavy, drooping ears. They are bred for pork production.

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Will be picking up these porkers the first week of may and they will be around 25 pounds each.  I do need t get on a shelter for them but I may use a chicken coop for the first little while with them. We shall see. They may need a heat lamp for the first few weeks. Excited to try raising pigs, supposedly easier in some ways then chickens! Especially since you don’t need to keep these over winter. you fatten them during the summer and slaughter them when the weather turns cold. Pics and videos will be coming when I get those definitely!

 

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