Facts about Red Wattle Pig, Red Wattle is a domestic pig breed that is native to the united States of America. These pigs are also commonly called as the "Red Wattle Pig", due to their red color body and unique tassels or wattles. The Red Wattle Pig breeds are on the list of the threatened pigs of the Livestock Breeds Conservancy of America.
History of Red Wattle Pig
Actually, the Red Wattle pig breed has no obvious early history, but the modern pig breed descends from mammals that were found in the eastern part of the State of Texas in the united States of America during the last part of the 1960s and the initial part of the 1970s. Two Red Wattle female pigs were crossbred with a male Duroc pig breed to create the line of the Red Wattle pig breed. Other pig breeds were also found in East Texas, after about 20 years and they turned out to be the Timberline line of the Red Wattle pig breeds. Later, three breed registries were established during the 1980s, but there was no fundamental breed organization for the Red Wattle Pig breed. Then, the Livestock Breeds Conservancy of the United States of America was established in 1999 with only 42 breeding pigs belonging to six pig breeders. A Red Wattle Pig Association was established and the purebred book for the Red Wattle pig breed had been maintained since September 2012. The Red Wattle pig is recorded by a global movement, the Slow Food USA in the worldwide catalog, the Ark of Taste.
Features of Red Wattle Pig
The Red Wattle pig breed is distinguished by its red color coat and distinct wattles. The Red Wattle Pig breeds normally carry a body weight ranging from 600 to 800 lbs (270 to 360 kg). Normally the male pig is heavier than the female, with a body weight of 750 lb (340 kg), whereas the female pigs carry a body weight of 550 lb (249 kg). However, bigger specimens can attain a maximum body weight of 1,200 lbs (540 kg), with the body length of 8 feet (240 cm) and a height of 4 feet (120 cm). Normally, the female Red Wattle pig is capable of offering birth to 10 to 15 piglets for each litter and will have two to three litters per year. The sows nurse their piglets for about three to five weeks. When Piglets are weaned off of their mother’s milk, they are not called piglets but are known as shoats. Piglets at birth weigh about 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms), and on average, will double their weight in one week. The Red Wattle pigs use to cultivate fast, scavenge well, and they are strong, gentle-tempered and resistant to sickness. These pig breeds are appropriate for wide-ranging management.
The Red Wattle pig breed has a big size body with a fleshy wattle on both sides of their neck. The wattles of the Red Wattle Pigs contain no recognized function. They are a solitary gene trait and they generally pass to crossbred young pigs. The Red Wattle pig breed comes in a range of colors of red, a few pigs with black patches or specks, and black and red hair. Some pigs of this breed have an entire black color body. The Red Wattle Pigs have a lean and clean jowl and head, with a slim nose, and their ears are erect with drooping ends. Red Wattle pigs are recognized for the power of endurance, scavenging activity, and a fast growth rate. The Red Wattle Pig create a lean meat, which has been explained as tasty and tender. Red Wattle Pigs are raised for there meat such as ham, sausage, bacon and pork chops.
Red Wattle Pigs have 44 teeth when full grown, when they are baby pigs (piglets) the have 28 teeth which will fall out when they are 12 months old. Just like human teeth, the Red Wattle Pig has an enamel coating that makes the pigs teeth stronger and helps it curb disease. Red Wattle Pigs chew their food because pigs have a digestive system similar to a human digestive system and cannot digest food that is not chewed.
Red Wattle Pigs are very intelligent, not like people think, that pigs are dumb animals. A Pig can drink between 10 to 14 gallons (37.8 to 53 liters)of water in a day. Red Wattle Pigs are omnivores like humans, an omnivores, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). The Red Wattle Pig snout is its most important tool for finding food. The Red Wattle Pigs snout is used for their excellent sense of smell and they have poor eyesight.
Pigs can make great pets. "A wild male pig is called a boar"- meaning uncastrated male pig, that lives in the wild and can be hunted. "Feral pig or hog is defined as a wild boar" can be a very big danger where humans habitat.
Pigs have small lungs compared to their body size.
The term Swine: is any variety of omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, this includes hogs, boars and pigs having a short neck, thick skin a movable snout and a stout body.
Red Wattle Pigs unlike is said, happen to be very clean animals. Red Wattle Pigs make sure their bathroom area is far away from where they eat, lie down and rest, even piglets (baby pigs) will find a place to go to the bathroom, far away from their nest.
Red Wattle Pigs Feet
The four feet and four toes of the pig are called "trotters" that humans eat as a delicacy called pigs feet or pigs knuckles. A Red Wattle Pigs foot has four toes that are pointed downwards when the pig walks, it walks on the tips of its toes, rather than its whole foot and only uses two of the toes in the middle and the outside toes for balance. The Red Wattle Pig has tougher feet at the ends that are hooves. The two toes in the middle of the foot are slightly webbed, this helps the pigs balance for walking.
A female adult Red Wattle Pig is called a (sow) and the male adult wild pig is called a (boar). The lifespan of a Red Wattle Pig is between 9 and 15 years
Red Wattle Pigs do not sweat a lot, that's why they cover themselves in the mud to keep their bodies cool. The expression "sweating like a pig" comes from a reference to pig iron, which comes form iron smelting.
The saliva of Red Wattle Pigs contains pheromones-( A chemical substance used to attract a mate) similar to that of other pig breeds that communicate their sexual wants. The male Red Wattle Pigs discharge this steroid and female pigs will go to vast lengths to acquire a smell of the sent.
"Scientific name for Pig Sus scrofa", the wild swine (Boar) from the old world with a narrow body and prominent tusks is from where most domestic swine come from. The "fear of pigs Swinophobia".