When it comes to farming pigs, there is more than one acceptable breed. Most of us would’ve just assumed that there was only one type of farm pig — the pink ones. Contrary to popular belief, there is actually more than one. In this article, we will be zoning into the friendly Yorkshire Pig, and why it’s a great breed to work with if you’re new to acting for pigs.
Essentially, the Yorkshire Pig is a common domestic pig in the United States. You might be wondering — where did the name come from? This lovely pig got its name from Yorkshire, England, where it was originally bred at. It was then imported to Ohio in America. They’re well-known for their ability to grow larger than the average-sized domestic pig. They’re easily identifiable by their pinkish-white color, and pointed ears. The majority of the Yorkshire breed have muscular, lean meat — something very desirable in the market.
In this article, we talk about everything you need to know about this charming pig breed. If that has piqued your interest, keep on reading to learn more about the world’s most loveable pig.
Why The Yorkshire Is A Great Farm Pig
1. Naturally Maternal
The Yorkshire sow is known to have an easy-going birthing process and can do so without much human intervention or assistance. Unlike other pig breeds, the Yorkshire doesn’t have the tendency to reject her newborns. Additionally, milk production is a piece of cake for this breed.
2. Many Piglets!
Speaking of Yorkshire newborns, this breed also produces quite a large litter. A sow will approximately give birth to 13 piglets, which is a higher quantity than average. Because of that, they’ve adapted to function well in confinement or in large numbers.
3. Great Pork Quality
Like we mentioned before, Yorkshire Pigs can grow quite large in size. If you keep them active, you’ll find that their lean meat develops a quality taste. Thanks to their long bodies, they’re known to produce choice bacon, pork chops, and ribs. A good idea to keep them active is to raise them on pastures instead of confining them to a pen. This allows them to stay active while they roam around.
Out of the breeds, the Yorkshire Pig is also well-known for being very friendly and easy-going. They’re not too panicky or aggressive, so it definitely takes a lot of effort to rile one up.
5. Durable Build
By ‘durable build’, we mean the Yorkshire Pig has skin thick enough to withstand any type of climate. Although they’re usually raised in enclosed farms in large numbers, this breed can tolerate any weather condition with no issues at all.
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What You Have To Consider Before Raising Yorkshire Pigs
The Yorkshire Pig is no doubt the pig to raise if you’re new to caring for their species, but there are a couple of things to consider before fully committing.
1. Color of Their Skin
The Yorkshire Pig is known for its pinkish-white exterior and the extreme lack of hair. They aren’t completely hairless, though, which makes them extra vulnerable to heat during hotter seasons. Just like we need sunblock, these pigs need mud to keep them cool during heatwaves. Provide them plenty of shelter for shade, water for hydration, and mud to wallow and cool off in.
Experienced Yorkshire carers have advised that it takes a while for the pigs to understand that they need the mud to prevent sunburn, so don’t take it too hard if they take a while to learn.
If you’re wondering about what to do during the winter months, just keep them in the barn with fresh bedding. It’s not necessary to have a heater, but just ensure that it is fully enclosed with no draft coming in.
2. Slow to Mature
The con of this magnificent creature is that it takes a really long time to grow into a market-sized pig. On average, other piglets take about six months, while the Yorkshire takes around 10 months. This means prolonged investments into feed, care, and storage. It may be expensive to raise them, but they’re definitely worth the patience and care.
3. Higher Vulnerability to Diseases
Another catch is that the Yorkshire Pig is also more likely to suffer from parasitic infections and respiratory issues due to their size. This can be prevented through constant monitoring and regular medication. Try to use natural dewormers and keep their bedding as clean as possible. It’s highly recommended to allow them room to roam like at pastures so they can stay active too. If you ever run into persistent issues, remember to immediately contact a professional vet to address them.
4. Allow Them To Roam
Yes, Yorkshire Pigs are usually raised in large numbers at confined farms. However, if you can, we highly insist on raising them on pasture. Not only are pasture-raised pigs more healthy and active, but they also help keep feed costs low and fertilize the forage for you. So give them as much space and freedom to roam for the benefit in the long run.
5. What To Feed Them
Like most pigs, Yorkshire Pigs will eat just about anything. But if you need a guideline, scraps or leftovers from the kitchen like bread, veggies, or fruit work just fine. You also have to provide them a clean source of water that is accessible at all times. Experts recommend using a nipple drinker to prevent leakage and mixture with pollutants. If your pig gets thirsty, they could drink the next nearest source of water, even if it is the mud they wallowed in earlier.
If you’re raising them on the pasture, the forage and occasional kitchen scraps will be enough nutrients for them. They can benefit from a diet of worms, grass, hay, and all kinds of foraging.
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There you have it! Do you think you’re up for the task of raising these charming piggies? With these essential tips, you have a steady foundation to work with just make sure you have the resources and income to fully commit to this. We hope this article has aided you in learning more about the friendly Yorkshire Pig.
|1||Manure Fork, 6 Tine|
This forged steel manure fork has 6 tines. It is attached to a 48” precision lathe turned American Ash and will make a trusty tool.
|2||Flat Back Bucket|
This back bucket fits compactly against a wall or a fence. It makes hauling easier and is crack, crush, and freeze-proof.
|3||Gas Pressure Washer, 3100psi|
A 2.4 GPM pressure washer, it is powered by a Honda GC190 187cc engine. It is packed with a one-half gallon and four spray nozzles.
|4||Electric Fence Poly Tape, ½ Inch|
A white ½” wide tape woven with UV resistant polyethylene, this electric fence poly tape is sure to keep your animals in place.
The ideal plant food for all types of lawn grasses, this 20 lbs lawn fertilizer is enough for 5,000 square foot of lawn.