I am getting ready to get some pigs in july and i defenetly want an heritage breed.
So far in canada ive found a few breed around me such as
Large black (i find them a bit large for the space we have)
Tamworth hampshire and berkshire (all roughly 40 mins away)
Gloucestershire Old spots (they are located 6 hours drive away id rather avoid that)
But if i want the american guinea hog i cant find it in any breeder registery in canada and i found a source saying they were praised for their meat curing
If i cant find them i am mostly gonna lean towars tamworth or large black
Anybody knows where i could find them near quebec or ontario
Ive found some in NH but if i could avoid importing livestock in canada it would save me a lot of stress
Location: Graham, Washington [Zone 7b, 47.041 Latitude] 41inches average annual rainfall, cool summer drought
posted 3 years ago
Have you tried Craigslist? There are many private breeders of unregistered homestead stock available on there in my experience.
It's also not uncommon to find them crossed to Kunekune as well. It's a faster growing pig than pure Kunekune, but tends towards a somewhat shorter snout and slightly less prodigious (but still totally capable!) rooting. I find about 100 square feet per pig per day tends to leave the land disturbed but not destroyed.
Hi Pier-Luc, How goes your search for your american guinea hogs? If you find some, I would be interested to buy some breeding stock when I move to my homestead in a couple of years. I'm from Quebec and the closest ones I found were in Maine. I'd prefer not having to go through customs and all the formalities to get them into canada, that is a real pain in the ass...
My advice would be to consider large blacks. We have two Guinea Hogs that will be one year old in April and are TINY. I know it's a smaller breed, but I'd be surprised if they're even a hundred pounds, and they don't seem to eat that much less than our other pigs. I have an unproven conspiracy theory that because there were so few of them 30 years ago some have been crossed out to potbelly pigs. Either that or because of the inbreeding (a certain amount of which is expected/permitted even for registered hogs) the genes for tinyness are super amplified. We also have a large black who is the sweetest and easiest to handle pig we have. Obviously individual personalities vary, but we wouldn't get AGHs again, but have bred our large black to have more of them, because we love them.
My sister raises Gloucester Old Spots and she loves them! She has tried a few breeds in the past but these guys are the hardiest and healthiest that she has found. Delicious, too!! She's in Monroe, WA, so similar environment to BC. Not sure how that compares to your slice of Canada, though.