American Guinea Hog
American Guinea Hogs are known for their excellent foraging abilities, and they can thrive on a diet that includes a variety of plant materials and supplemental feed. They enjoy rooting for plants, grubs, and insects and can be raised in pasture-based systems where they have access to grass, weeds, and other vegetation.
Often found in pastures and wooded areas
Normally American Guinea Hogs have a calm and friendly disposition. They are also social, meaning they love to live in pairs or in groups.
The American Guinea Hog has a thin and wiry black coat, which makes them sensitive to sun. One of he reasons they roll in the mud is to protect their skin form the sun and bugs. They also have large, upright ears that are especially hairy to keep dirt and bugs out of them when they root (using their snout to dig in the ground for tasty treats). They have an especially flexible snout, which is helpful when foraging for food. American Guinea hogs are also known as wild boars.
Did you Know?
The American Guinea hog became rare as homestead farms disappeared, and it survived only in the most isolated parts of the Southeast. During the 1980’s, new herds of Guinea hogs were established, and the breed has enjoyed a new resurgence on small farms and modern homesteads, but they are still listed as threatened by the Livestock Conservancy, an organization whose mission is to protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction. There is a total of less than 1k in North America and 5k in the world.
How can I Help?
Encourage farmers to breed Guinea Hogs for preservation purposes, with their small size, calm demeanor, and excellent meat they can be a great addition to any small farm.