Pigs

  • 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.

For Nutritional Facts of different types of meat click here

Pinky and The Brain

(2018 Pigs)

Oreo & Lightning

(2017 Pigs)

Lightning

Edna and Kira