Friday, March 4, 2011

Pictures of New Pigs at Seaton Place

Here's some pictures of the pigs at Seaton Place, a farm in Virginia.

The farm looks very nice, and a lot warmer than Iowa.

The owner wanted some blonde pigs. I explained that our purebreds are all Swallow-Belly Mangalitsa*, but that we've got blonde crossbreeds (7/8ths Swallow-Belly).

He wanted them, so I sold them.

There's something like 24 genes that control how a pig's bristles turn out. The blonde pigs have just a few different genes than the purebreds, but they look very different.

He also got some feeder pigs, so he can get some meat soon.

Eventually he'll have feeder pigs, and then meat. It is neat the finally people in the DC area will be able to get some Mangalitsa produced nearby.

* There are a few different Mangalitsa breeds. You can tell them apart by their colors. The Swallow-belly Mangalitsa pigs look a bit like Swallows.

See "Do Mangalica pigs of different colours really belong to different breeds?" by Zsolnai for more info on the different Mangalitsa breeds and their history.

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