Many heritage breed pigs are well suited for raising outdoors, on pasture, and in the woods.  They retain foraging skills and mothering instincts needed for outdoor production.  Slow growth and a diverse diet add flavor, and consumers and chefs are enjoying this addition to the table.

This guide is offered for farmers who wish to learn more about raising traditional old-type hogs using both historic pasture-based management practices and modern information.  Building Knowledge and skill will help farmers produce high quality, market-ready products to benefit the farm’s bottom line and conserve heritage breeds.

Modern Heritage Swine  Series Guide

  • Keys to Cost Management for Extensive Pork Production
  • Common Health Concerns and Diseases of Pastured Pigs
  • Biosecurity for Pastured Pigs
  • Breeding Heritage Pigs
    • Selecting Breeding Stock for Heritage Hogs
    • Control of Inbreeding for Productivity and Genetic Conservation in Swine
    • Artificial Insemination Basics for Pastured Pigs
    • Detection of Estrus in Pigs
    • Preparing for Farrowing
  • Feeding Pigs in Extensive Production
  • Heritage Hog Processing
  • Marketing Your Heritage Pork Products


This Guide series is produced by:

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University of MO logo

Supported financially by:

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Saving Endangered Hog Breeds Project Final Report

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