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I have bought an AMHA Mulefoot pig-now what?

What you need to do before/after purchasing your pig...

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Become a Member

If you plan on registering or purchasing registered pigs you must complete a AMHA membership application and mail in to us. You can find the form in the forms section.  We only require this once. It begins your file. It ensures you understand the breed standard of the Mulefoot pig, and agree that if any stock you breed is deemed as not purebred, we have the right to revoke the registrations and that of its progency.  It is a safeguard put in place for the breed.
 
If you desire the pigs registered into your name as owner, the faster you get your membership form in the better. You may pay the yearly $10 fee via pay pal but you still must mail us in the form. We require the "signature". Thanks!

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Make a list of suitable feed requirements and "treats" that you have available in your area. (they love a dog food nugget as a treat) Jot down the different feed requirements for a pregnant sow versus a non-pregnant sow. Make a list of veterinary items you may use: wormers, antibiotics (if desired) seven dust(for ticks,lice), PenVK, LA200, ivermectin, ect... I have always used a "cheat sheet" with my animals divided by breed, when the need comes about, I have my notes to read...  Dont forget to include your vets name and phone number just in case.
 
When researching your pastures be advised some forages will change the taste of your meat and not for the better, If you plan to butcher it doesnt hurt to review this.
 
Fencing:  Remember-pigs use their snout, they push down and love to flip up! Ensure your weakest areas are ready for this.  We have used cattle panel successfully as well as electric fencing, pigs are very smart and learn quickly to respect the electric fencing. Use a bit heavier gauge wire initially-a darting pig can snap your wire quickly, they learn fast however and steer clear.
 
If you interact with your pigs at a young age, they will love your company on a daily basis.  A favorite spot is a nice rub behind the ears! and of course a back scratch!
 
We have included a few links below for you to read. Enjoy!

Pasture Based Swine Management

Forages for swine

Greener Eggs & Ham

Swine Fact Sheet

Pigs: Keeping a Small-Scale Herd for Pleasure and Profit by Arie McFarlan PhD

Review

"Arie McFarlen's Pigs is a welcome resource for pig raisers. It is especially timely, as many producers are returning to small-scale production as an alternative to industrial pork production. The two systems are so different that the strategies and resources that are useful for one rarely work well in the other system. Arie has filled the gap for small-scale producers so that they can make wise choices in management systems, housing, and breed choices in order to maximize opportunities for success. Small-scale production has an ever brighter future--as well as a distinguished past-- and this book will be useful to breeders and producers interested in participating in that bright future." ----D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, technical advisor, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

Review

"This book is filled with good information for anyone interested in pigs. Arie McFarlen goes against convention focusing on the unique, interesting, and mostly ignored heritage and endangered breeds. She does this with love and understanding for the endearing characteristics these animals can't help but display."
 
Field Guide To Heritage Pigs below:
 
Hogs On The Homestead-Mother Earth News
 
Pig Shed Plans

Registrations...

If you are purchasing registered/registerable pigs you will need to pick up one of two forms AT PICK UP.
 
1-the ORIGINAL REGISTRATION that the breeder has signed over to you on the back of registration. You will complete your information and mail to us for recording, we then mail you back the same registration.
 
or:
 
A COMPLETED REGISTRATION APPLICATION, ensuring that all information is completed. Signed by breeder. (ensure dams/sires,grandparents & great grandparents are included) You must be a member to register pigs into your name, so please make sure you have mailed in your membership form, if you have not mail it in with the registration application you get at pick up.  We will then mail you back the registrations.
 
.....Thats it, pretty simple.
 
We encourage the use of reservation forms as a way of reserving your babies prior to birth. It can be a very busy time and it is much easier to pull out your file and inform the purchasers than to try to market your babies afterwards. Although demand is very high for this breed, sales dont seem to be an issue. (look for the generic form on this website)
 
We also encourage you to utilize a web site for your Mulefoots. Hard? NO! We use the free services, (yes they are really totally free) tripod.com or similar. Even a one page website that lists your pigs and sales policy will do wonders for ensuring your babies go to the best homes possible.  We provide web site building services free of charge, but it is a one woman project, so the wait can be long.  You can build your own site and tweak it endlessly, prior to "publishing" it. So, dont be afraid to "get your feet wet".
 
Visit our yahoo web group: "mulefoot" for warm and welcoming Mulefoot breeders and they can walk you through the website building process if you have questions, and of course we are always here to answer questions. 
 
Welcome aboard!
 

Reproductive Statistics for Swine

FEMALE

Age of puberty

4 to 7 months

Breeding weight

150 to 175 pounds

Estrous cycle

Interval

Avg. 21 days

Duration

2 to 3 days

Signs

Standing when hand pressure placed on back

Ovulation

12 to 36 hrs from onset of standing heat

Gestation length

114 days

Breeding season

Year round

MALE

Age of puberty

8 months

Breeding weight

150 to 175 pounds

Breeding season

All year

Breeding ratio

1 boar : 25 sows

Let us know if there are any events or updates you would like to share with fellow members.

The American Mulefoot Hog Association and Registry  
* 18995 V Drive * Tekonsha Michigan * US * 49092 *
(517) 518-7930
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