Saturday, June 4, 2011
I'm happy to announce that Steve Kerns of International Boar Semen just picked up a bunch of Swallow-Bellied Mangalitsa breeding stock. We sold Steve a bunch of purebreds and crossbreds.
Call 641-939-3411 to order some semen!
Mangalitsa pigs have the best meat quality, and that's partly due to having the best marbling. Their fat also tastes much better than other pigs.
If you've got meat-type pigs and pork, and want it to look more like that loin above, you'll be able to improve things - easily and cheaply.
Selling IBS Swallow-Bellied Mangalitsa genetics means that people who want to improve their meat and fat quality by producing Swallow-Bellied Mangalitsa hybrid litters will be able to do so; they'll buy some semen and inseminate their meat-type sows.
It is a good thing they'll be selling crossbred semen; most people won't want a lot of Swallow-Bellied Mangalitsa genetics in their pigs, because they don't want to be in the business of producing a lot of fat and very little meat.
It is a big deal to sell Steve Kerns these pigs. He's an established dealer of pig genetics. He's buying our pigs because they produce the highest quality of meat and fat.*
Now that Steve Kerns has the pigs, and will soon be collecting and selling semen from them, pretty much anyone that wants to buy Swallow-Bellied Mangalitsa semen will be able to get what they want at a reasonable price.
This does even more to establish the Swallow-Bellied Mangalitsa breed as America's super-premium pig breed.**
Mangalitsa Boars - Necessary?
A lot of people imagine that they can produce purebred Swallow-bellied Mangalitsa pigs by buying some gilts or sows and inseminating them.
It isn't clear to us if this will work or not. Mangalitsa sows don't show heat like regular sows. They don't stand like regular sows. Our breeders don't think they could artificially inseminate Mangalitsa sows with any reliability.
If people buy gilts or sows from me and try to AI them, and fail, they may get too fat to breed, become infertile (due to the pig equivalent of PCOS, which Managalitsa pigs seem to be prone to).
* Of course, they do that by consuming the most feed, and taking the longest time to reach maturity. There has to be a catch, right?
** My epitaph is definitely going to mention that I established the Swallow-Bellied Mangalitsa as America's super-premium pig, in addition to creating the Mangalitsa phenomenon. The whole thing sounds so odd.
Posted by Heath Putnam at 8:14 AM