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Breeding Pigs

The appeal of piglets is hard to deny. With floppy ears, expressive eyes, playful trots and host of grunty little noises, baby hogs seem specially designed for maximum adorableness. The sight of piglets piled together in sleep as whispy wheezing sounds escape their upturned snouts is, for lack of a better word, just really cute. Even the frenetic frenzy of feeding time holds a special charm when pigs are small.

My farm’s first two pigs, a pair of Berkshire gilts, were technically in the “piglet” age range, generally considered to be from birth to 3 months. They were about 2 months old and just small enough to lift into a carrier, but they were way too big to casually pick up for a quick cuddle. My family and I enjoyed getting to know these new creatures, but they grew fast and, in what seemed like no time, we were coaxing them into the trailer on their last day on our farm.

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