Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mangalitsa in the News

With all the pig stories in the news, there's lots of pig photos. People love how the Mangalitsas look, so they get photographed a lot:

Mangalitsas in the Mist

Somebody's in heat.

I saw some Egyptian pig photos. They aren't Mangalitsa, but like the Mangalitsa, some of them have wild boar traits like stripes and long noses:

They are keeping those lactating sows in a group. The biggest piglets (from all litters) will steal milk from the littlest ones, leading to the little ones losing out.

This is one reason modern producers have moved away from group lactation to things like pens or crates - doing things "naturally" leads to little pigs starving to death.

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