- Have you ever seen a pig with single toes (meaning NOT split-hooved?)
- Or one that has longer thick black hair? Pastures in fields? Super hardy?
- Has the most tender meat, beating all pork taste tests?
- And is super friendly?
- Illegal in Michigan? (LOL)
If not, then you need to come over and visit my Mulefoot piggies! And that gets you back to asking “What, per-say, is a Mulefoot….pig?” For starters, they are AMERICAN! Their origin dates back as far as America, possibly descending from Spanish hogs. They are critically rare (only a few hundred registered pigs in existence!) and said to be the rarest American breed of pig! People assume they are a slow growing breed but this is erroneous. Our Mulefoots were smaller than commercial pigs but grew nearly as fast. What is nice is that they reached 300 pounds and essentially stopped growing, so their adult weight is less and they don’t keep balooning in size like our Large Black sow does! And for someone that is only 5 feet tall (me) or already afraid of pigs (my husband) this makes a nice breed of pig to work with!
Their breed website, The American Mulefoot Hog Association: http://mulefootpigs.tripod.com/
Listed with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy: http://albc-usa.org/cpl/mulefoot.html
A good history by Ok State: http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/swine/mulefoot/
Our new babies are beautiful:
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PURCHASED OUR PIGLETS THIS SPRING! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING HOW THEY DO….AS BREEDING SOWS….AND FOR THOSE DESTINED TO THE DINNER PLATE (WE ALL HAVE A ROLE IN LIFE).
**All of the above photos our of our own pigs. Thanks to my mom for taking and sharing some of these photos!