opinions needed

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by greggholmes, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. greggholmes

    greggholmes Member

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    For the best breed of pig for pasture raising. In the northwest. milder weather. It got down to 23 for maybe 3 days this year so far,and now its in the 50s
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  2. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    As mentioned, Tamworths are good doers in the outdoors but could be worth looking at Duroc, Saddlebacks, Berkshire and Hampshire if the Tammy is not readily available. I have reared all in outdoor conditions in what are probably similar conditions to you and all have done well.

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  3. greggholmes

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  4. Mulefoot

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    Overall, I would say tamworths are the best for a pasture type hog. Unless the pasture is fairly wet, then I would be partial to my Mulefoot hogs, but as far as I know, there aren't any in the pacific northwest. If you can't find any tamworths, then you might want to see if you can find some gloucester old spots, there were some breeders in that part of the country a few years back.

    I happen to be partial to the rare heritage breeds of hogs, most of them normally do quite well in a pasture environment.

    Good Luck!