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American Guinea Hog

Overall satisfaction

2.5/5

Acquired: Breeder

Gender: Female

Appearance

3/5

Temperament

4/5

Health

4/5

Foraging ability

5/5

Tolerance for heat

3/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Meat quality

4/5

Commercial value

2/5

A Novelty Breed

By

United States

Posted Apr 19, 2015

A couple years ago we experimented with some heritage breeds of hogs to figure out which were better foragers, which had better health, etc to make these heritage breeds come back into vogue among small farmers in Kentucky. One of the breeds with which we worked was the American Guinea Hog. These hogs were exceptionally good tempered and were exceptionally good foragers. These pigs had few if any health problems.The quality of their meat was very good regardless of their incredibly high fat content. However, the size of the pigs (seldom reaching more than 200 pounds) makes it unreasonable to raise them in the hopes of slaughtering them for economic gain. These pigs, while having many beneficial aspects, should really just be raised as a novelty breed; they simply are not capable of producing the carcass weights needed to make a Guinea Hog enterprise profitable.

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