A Spotty Pig, looking right
35 x 20 x 23 cm
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A Spotty Pig, looking right
My husband is pig mad, he spent many years farming pigs and now is fortunate to look after several Large Black pigs, they live outside, sleep in comfortable arcs and have a great time rooting around and wallowing when it is hot. We no longer buy pork from the supermarket and never will do so again, there are many people raising welfare pork. I suggest it would be a good idea to eat less meat and pay a bit more. Factory farming is abhorrent.
Humans have spent centuries living with pigs. They were domesticated approximately 5,000 to 7,000 years ago.The adaptable nature and omnivorous diet of the wild boar allowed early humans to domesticate it readily. Pigs were mostly used for food, but early civilisations used the pigs’ hides for shields, bones for tools and weapons, and bristles for brushes. Today, the domesticated version of the wild European boar has hundreds of varieties, Recently, they have enjoyed a measure of popularity as house pets, particularly the dwarf breeds.
Domestic pigs seek out the company of other pigs, and often huddle to maintain physical contact, although they do not naturally form large herds. They typically live in groups of about 8-10 adult sows, some young individuals, and some single males.
Because of their relative lack of sweat glands, pigs often control their body temperature by Wallowing, which often consists of coating the body with mud, is a behaviour frequently exhibited by pigs. Pigs root to make wallows that sometimes contains sticky mud with which the pigs cover their body. Pigs do not submerge completely under the mud, but vary the depth and duration of wallowing depending on the conditions. On hot days, pigs cover themselves from head to toe in mud. Pigs may also use mud as a sunscreen, protecting their skin from ultraviolet light, or as a method of keeping parasites away.
If conditions permit, domesticated pigs feed continuously for many hours and then sleep for many hours. Pigs are omnivores and are highly versatile in their feeding behaviour. They can survive well by scavenging on the same types of foods that humans and dogs can live on. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. Domestic pigs are highly intelligent, and can be trained to perform numerous tasks and tricks. Pigs have a well-developed sense of smell and use is made of this in Europe where they are trained to locate underground truffles.