Pig 101

The pride of

pig farming.

Pigs are important! As a farmer-owned company, we feel everyone should know a little about these social and intelligent mammals.

▼  life cycle  

The Life Cycle of a Market Pig

2-3 lbs.

birth

12-15 lbs.

weaning

50-60 lbs.

Grower

280 lbs.

market weight

▼   pregnancy   

Gestation

▼   breeds   

Wholestone Breeds

Yorkshire, Landrace, Large White, Duroc? There's more than just one type of pig. Here's a quick crash course on our farm pigs.​

▼   pig products   

Everything but the oink.

When we think of pigs we think of ham, bacon, ribs and pulled pork… but there are many other important items that come from pigs that we use everyday.

▼   recyclers   

Pigs:
The Original Recyclers

▼  pig smarts  

Fun Pig Facts

Pigs are smart.

Their intelligence is higher than a dog’s, some primates and even young human children.

Pigs are clean.

In their natural state, pigs are very clean animals. They keep their toilets far from their living or feeding areas.

Pigs are tolerant of the cold.

They are much more tolerant of colder temperatures than heat. Pigs have no sweat glands so they can’t sweat. This is why they enjoy being in mud to keep themselves cool.

Pigs talk to each other.

Pigs use grunts to communicate with each other. The grunts made by pigs vary depending on the pig’s personality and can convey important information about the welfare of this highly social species.

Pigs have great memories.

Pigs have excellent memories. They can remember things for years and can recognize and remember objects!

Newborns understand their mother.

Newborn piglets learn to respond to their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs communicate with their babies through grunts while nursing.

Pigs enjoy some entertainment.

Pigs like to get massages, enjoy scratching themselves on trees, relaxing while listening to music, and playing with enrichment toys.

Pigs have an amazing sense of smell.

The highest density of tactile receptors is found in the pig’s snout. Pigs use it mainly to dig in the dirt and smell food. A pig’s sense of smell is about 2000 times more sensitive than humans.

Pigs are social.

Pigs are incredibly social & nosey.

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