The Ossabaw Island Hog is a feral breed of pig which descended from domesticated swine brought by Spanish settlers to North America in the 1500's. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Recent DNA analysis suggests that the Ossabaw Island pigs came from the Canary Islands, an important stop by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers en route to the New World." For several centuries, the Ossabaw Island Hog has been found only on Ossabaw Island, off the coast of Georgia near Savannah.
The current status of the Ossabaw Island Hog is listed as “critical” by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a non-profit organization which works to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock.
Appearance / health:
The Ossabaw Island Hog is typically black, though it also can be found with black with white spots or light with black spots.
We bought 3 Ossabaw Pigs that we received at a young age from a neighbour. Pigs usually aren't my thing but these were quite intelligent, very easy to keep and friendly. They eat anything and everything! We raised them for meat on all sorts of vegtables, bread, fruits and they even ate the walnuts that fell from our tree. We were extremely happy with the end product. They are smaller than usual farm pigs but the meat was lean, not tough at all and pound for pound we would have made a profit for sure if we sold it..
From DianaLynn Sep 14 2013 11:17PM