Lazy JH Farm raises American Guinea Hogs for both breeding stock and butcher hogs. Our breeding stock hogs are all registered with the American Guinea Hog Association.
The first Guinea hogs were thought to arrive in America on slave ships from Africa. The original strain, called Red Guineas, were mostly black with a reddish tint. These hogs were popular during the early 19th century but are extinct today. During this time, they were crossed with breeds such as Essex pigs, West African Dwarfs and Appalachian English pigs, eventually creating this new breed, the American Guinea hog. These pigs were popular among subsistence farmers because of their ability to forage for themselves and their habits of eating snakes, which kept their farmyards safe for children and livestock. The late 1800's saw a drastic decline in the popularity of this breed and was near extinction for many years. In 2005 the American Guinea Hog Association was created to help insure the longevity of this breed.
About Guinea Hogs
Guinea hogs are a small, sturdy, heritage breed that are a perfect fit for todays small farm or homestead operation. The average weight of these hogs varies between 150 - 250 lbs. depending on their body types and will yield approximately 50 - 100 lbs. of meat and fat. Guinea hogs are very docile, do well with kids, gain weight on natural forage alone and tend not to root much making them easy to keep in small pastures.
How They Are Raised
Our Guinea hogs are mostly raised on native pasture and acorns found on our farm. They do not receive any hormones or vaccinations and the little supplemental grain they do receive is organically grown. During farrowing, our sow is kept in a large fenced area for the safety of her litter. After 4 - 6 weeks the pigs are put to pasture with the rest of the hogs and are free to graze in the pastures we rotate them in.
Useful Advise From The Breeder
Not only will Guinea hogs provide a small family plenty of rich, delicious meat throughout the year, they are also very useful for eradicating weed patches, tilling and prepping garden plots, providing high quality fertilizer when fed on pasture alone, and keeping rodents and snakes at bay around the home and barn. Although they will do well raised in small conventional pens, ours seem to perform better when allowed to range and forage on their own.