Pigs

Facts:

  • 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 called boars.
  • Castrated male pigs are called barrows or stags.
  • Baby pigs are called piglets.
  • Freshly 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 stay clean.
  • 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 animals.
  • 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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