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- Female pigs that have not yet
had a litter are called gilts.
- Female pigs that have farrowed
at least once are called sows.
- Intact male pigs are
- Castrated male pigs are called barrows
- Baby pigs are called piglets.
weaned pigs are called shoats.
- Gestation length for pigs is
about 114 days (3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days).
- Birthing is known as farrowing.
- Domestic pigs average 10
piglets per litter.
- The average weight of a piglet
is 3 pounds.
- The typical life span of a
domestic pig is six to 10 years
- A group of pigs is called a herd.
- Pigs come in different sizes and
colors depending on the breed.
- Fully grown, pigs grow to
between 300 and 700 pounds, sometimes more.
- The world record for heaviest
pig was Big Bill. Big Bill was a Poland China breed
that weighed 2,552 pounds in 1933. He had a shoulder height of 5 feet and was
9 feet long.
- Pot-bellied pigs are a smaller type
of pig that has become popular house pets.
- Pigs do not sweat. They like to
role in mud to cool off on hot days which is where they get the reputation
of being a dirty animal. If they are in a cool covered place they will
- Pigs have very poor eye sight
but a great sense of smell.
- Pigs are one of the oldest
forms of livestock. They were domesticated earlier than cows.
- Pigs are known to be intelligent
- Wild and domestic pigs are
found on every continent except Antarctica.
- There are approximately 840
million pigs on farms throughout the world.
- The average pig eats five
pounds of food each day or one ton of food every year.
- Pork has a higher protein content than Lamb, Beef and Chicken.
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