Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Ohio, United States
Posted Apr 11, 2014
Big Momma is a female berkshire pig, also known as a gilt. I grew up around livestock and animals. My uncle was a small breeder of berkshire pigs. He typically only kept about fifteen pigs at one time. He had a large enclosure made for all the pigs so that he could separate them and also keep a rotating enclosure schedule. Big Momma typically stayed in the large enclosure with many of the piglets and other female pigs.
She was overly large and ate quite a bit of food. He typically fed them a mixture of grains, like corn and then mixed with a powdered milk. He also got a lot of his feeding mixture from a feed store that was a large mixture of grains. He would than add the corn and milk mixture to it and they ate it right down. And Big Momma was definitely known for trying to eat most of the food that was put out for the pigs, many times she had to be separated from the smaller pigs until they were larger and could fend for themselves against her. She had quite a few litters and I was able to experience one.
She was an overly large female so when she had the litter it took quite a bit of time. Unfortunatley because of her size not all the piglets made it. Also another reason why you have to watch a pigs diet carefully, but Big Momma was aggressive and many times simply took what she wanted.
Big Momma wasn't as playful as the other pigs and actually she typically was the one who did not like new people in her pen, so you had to be careful and warn people if they were visiting and got to close. She was also an aggressive mother, many times you'd see the piglets feeding and she would simply keep walking until she was comfortable than let them eat.
She, I would say was the hardest to move into a new enclosure unless it was my uncle, or my aunt that moved her. She was finnicky and seemed to not just trust anyone. Many times you had to entice her with treats to get her to move. She was also one of the pigs that enjoyed rubbing against the panels of wood.She gave many litters and lived quite long. Again a great breed of pig to raise, they are probably some of the best tasting as well.