Blue Butts, by any other name..........

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  1. TexCountryWoman

    TexCountryWoman Gig'em

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    I know little of pig breeds and this may be a simpleton queston. But do Blue Butts have another name? They are a breed I have had a few times in the past for freezer hogs and was just wondering if that was a local name or if that is the actual name. They are just as it sounds, white with a blue butt. Thanks.
     
  2. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

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    It's the only name I know them by and it has been my experience that others familiar with pigs know them by that name as well, regardless of location. I have a blue butt sow right now due to farrow in 7 weeks by a york boar. She's the only pig that has ever tried to bite me but she's an auction pig I got recently and don't know her background. Needless to say I am not too enamoured of the sow but I'm sure it isn't her fault. They do fit their name though, as you said :)
     

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    tiergarten-CO Well-Known Member

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    a blue butt is a cross from a york and hamp.
     
  4. TexCountryWoman

    TexCountryWoman Gig'em

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    Why do they come out uniformly white with blue butts?
     
  5. Misty

    Misty Misty Gonzales

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    just how the genes work. If you start crossing other stuff, you will get other patterns. We bred a hamp cross colored like a hamp to a york boar (all white) and had a pig with nothing but blue on her eyes. Plus other blue butts. Her picture is on the first page of my web site. We then bred her to a hamp boar and had a pig that was white with some black on her hip and head. We then bred her to a pure hamp boar and had all hamp colored pigs. They will be weaned in two weeks. We are keeping a female out of this gilt as we love the mothering ability, and the ability to raise champions in the show ring. I will come back with a hamp or york on her next year.