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We sent our second pair of pigs to the butcher this weekend. Compared to the pair we raised last summer, this pair was very pricky about feed. Our first pair ate lots of garden waste, apples, etc., and loved it. This year's pair was only interested in pig feed.

I don't know what breed(s) any of them were, but last years were reddish brown with balck spots and of a fairly compact build. This years were totally white with super big ears and long bodies.

Are there any certain breeds or types that are known for being good foragers and/or not such fussy eaters? Just trying to plan ahead for next year...

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The red spotted ones may have been a cross between Spotted Poland Chinas, and Durocs. The whites sound like Yorkshires.
Limiting the amount of grain available to them gives them the incentive to forage. Pigs will eat most anything when they are hungry.
 

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timberweed said:
We sent our second pair of pigs to the butcher this weekend. Compared to the pair we raised last summer, this pair was very pricky about feed. Our first pair ate lots of garden waste, apples, etc., and loved it. This year's pair was only interested in pig feed.

I don't know what breed(s) any of them were, but last years were reddish brown with balck spots and of a fairly compact build. This years were totally white with super big ears and long bodies.

Are there any certain breeds or types that are known for being good foragers and/or not such fussy eaters? Just trying to plan ahead for next year...

Thanks!
Cyndy

Tamworths are very very good foragers, mine have grain available at all times but still spend most of the day out rootin around, They are hard to come by, but well worth the trip to get good stock. They are also on the endandered species list so getting some is a good thing for the breed as well.
Good Luck
Rick
 
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