Boar: Intact male – the farm has one boar named Neo.
Hog: Castrated male. Farmers castrate the male pigs to eliminate “Boar Taint” in the meat that can be tasted and smelled.
Sow: Female pig that has had at least 1 litter of piglets
Gilt: Female pig that has not had piglets
A female pig is pregnant for 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. They usually have their piglets in the middle of the night! We like to monitor them during the birthing process in case of complications such as a piglet getting stuck or accidentally squished. There are typically 10 to 15 piglets per litter. In 2020, one of our piglets was accidently squished by her mom and our daughter Emma brought her in the house and cared for her and raised her as a house pig. This pig has since been moved outside with the other animals, but still shares a special bond with Emma! Emma was happy to become a “grandma” at age 12 when her house pig had her first litter!
Pigs are famous for loving to roll in the mud! While it looks like a lot of fun for them, it serves a purpose. They don’t have sweat glands, so the mud helps keep them cool!
Pigs grow very fast and are typically 250-300 pounds by the time they are about a year old.
The Andelin Family Farm harvests hogs at about a year old and sells the pork by the cut. We also have piglets available to purchase so people can raise them to harvest.
When it comes to raising animals for meat Andelin farm is happy and prides themselves in raising animals in a sustainable, healthy and ethical manner.
The farm uses Wolf Pack Meats, a USDA certified processing plant of their beef and pork harvesting.
If you are interested in purchasing a piglet, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on social media.