Tamworth's

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  1. WindowOrMirror

    WindowOrMirror ..where do YOU look? Supporter

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    I am looking to raise pigs mostly on pasture and hear that Tamworth's are the way to go, though they gain slowly.

    Does anyone know:

    1. Where near or in WI to buy them?
    2. How cold-hardy they are?
    3. What their weight gain on good pasture might be?

    Thanks!

    Ron
     
  2. Kirby Greene, MscD

    Kirby Greene, MscD the Old Buck

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  3. royB

    royB Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully you found this information already but in case you haven't....

    Tamworth Swine Association
    621 N CR 850 W
    Greencastle, Indiana 46135
    (765) 653-4913

    They can give you a listing of the closest registered breeder to you.

    From what I've seen (in Tennessee and Indiana) and read they do as well in cold weather as other pigs. As for your question on weight gain, they do forage ALOT but I also supplement (not full fed but fed twice daily same as breeding stock) with corn/soybean meal/minerals and they grow to about 250 in 7 mths.

    Roy
     
  4. Horace Baker

    Horace Baker Well-Known Member

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    In my experience, if given the same feed, Tamworths gain as fast as any pig breed. Where they are different is that you don't have to feed them that way, and they are able to adapt to more extensive systems.