• Learn About Deer Hollow Farm’s Pigs

    By Jenise Henrikson, February 19, 2015
    Deer Hollow Farm Pig

    Deer Hollow Farm is currently home to three pigs: sisters Cinnamon and Clove, and Wilbur the boar.

    Wilbur Deer Hollow Hog

    About Wilbur

    Deer Hollow Farm’s boar, Wilbur, arrived last November from a nearby pig farm. He is a two year old  Hampshire crossbreed weighing between 600-650 pounds. He eats pelleted pig feed comprised of grains, corn, and vitamins. He also eats veggie scraps, and particularly loves beets. He has been bred with Cinnamon, one of the Farm’s two sows.

    About The Hampshire Breed of Pigs

    The Hampshire breed of hogs may well be one of the oldest original early American breeds of hogs in existence today. This breed of hogs are recognizable by their black and white color, heavily muscled bodies, and erect ears. Hampshires are particularly noted for their large size, hardy strength, and ability to forage well.

    Cinnamon and Clove

    Sisters Cinnamon and Clove are both Tamworth breed pigs, and are shown here getting a bath. They came to Deer Hollow Farm from nearby Hidden Villa and are about two years old.  They each weigh between 550-600 pounds. We hope to have Wilbur and Cinnamon’s piglets arriving by the end of May!Deer Hollow Pig Bath

    About Tamworth Breed

    Named after the village of Tamworth in Staffordshire, England, this breed of hogs are recognizable by their bristled red hair and athletic frame. This breed was specifically bred to live outdoors, which means they are very good at finding their own food in the wild, and have long legs to carry them long distances. Tamworth hogs are also inclined to have very hardy piglets, which makes them perfect for breeding.

    Five Facts You Might Not Know About Pigs

    Wilbur, Clove, and Cinnamon are pretty interesting animals! While they are different breeds, they also have a lot in common. Here are a few facts about pigs you might not have known.

    1. Pigs’ long snouts are an important tool for helping them forage, or look for food.

    2. Pigs are smarter than dogs! In fact, some studies rank pigs as the fourth most intelligent creatures in the world.

    3. The oldest pig in the world was born in 1991 and was still alive as of October of last year. Her name is Ernestine.

    4. Pigs have 15,000 taste buds, while humans only have 9,000. This means pigs have a better sense of taste than us!

    5. Pigs roll in mud to cool off. Despite their reputation for being ‘pigs’, they are actually very clean creatures.

    Want to learn more about pigs? Visit the Deer Hollow Farm to meet Wilbur, Clove, and Cinnamon for yourself! 

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