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!
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
"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
"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