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Re: “Craig Deihl won't cook just any old hog

Your points may be valid for the standard commercial breeds, but not guinea hogs. They are far from the typical hog. As a guinea hog farmer, we have found these hogs to actually be a valuable asset in maintaining our pastures, woodlands, and preserving our land.

In a proper rotational grazing system, there is no destruction of native flora and fauna. These are pasture raised hogs who for the most part do not root. Our only root when we provide the environment for them to do so - ie tilling our garden, turning our compost, etc. They do marvelous on pasture or in woodlands with the suppliment of hay. The vast majority of feeder hogs are butchered by 100 lbs. Most other livestock (sheep, goats, cattle, commercial hogs) weights more. There is no "foot traffic" to cause damage.

Guinea hogs are marvelous hogs for a small operation and quite simple to raise. They are docile and can be trusted with even small children. They are small in size making them much easier to handle and contain. The two sexes don't have to be separted and the females pasture birth thus eliminating the need for crating. Most importantly, they are easy keepers. They can be grazed and housed with other livestock (including poultry) with no problems.\

Heritage livestock breeds have been bred over the years to thrive within certain environments and under certain conditions. Every breed is not the same and should not be lumped into the same catagories. You will find that most heritage breeds do not cause negative environmental impacts when raised under the conditions they were selected for. In fact, they help to add to the conservation of the land.

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Posted by Bfly Farmer on February 20, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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