American Guinea Hogs
They're "JUST RIGHT!"
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, American Guinea Hogs could be found on a majority of Southeastern U.S. farms and homesteads.
They were known by many different names, including Acorn Eaters, Yard Pigs, Guinea Forest Hogs, and Piney Woods Hogs. These names described their common living environments and habitats, as well as how the pigs were managed. Many of these hogs lived in close proximity to the homesteaders who cared for them and were selectively bred for gentle temperaments.
Highly valued by southern homesteaders, these gentle, moderately-sized pigs were able to turn the roughest of forages and leftover food scraps into delicious, mouth-watering meat and versatile, nutritious, highly-prized lard.
They readily adapted to their surroundings, successfully bred and gave birth without assistance, and passed these valuable traits on to their offspring.
Unfortunately, the American Guinea Hog fell from favor with the advent of factory/confinement farming and a modern preference for larger hogs and leaner meat. Eventually, the total number of living Guinea Hogs fell to less than 200 and the Livestock Conservancy added the breed to their list of critically endangered livestock.
Now, however, the tide has turned. Small farms and homesteads are springing up everywhere. Self-sufficiency, sustainability, bio-efficiency, and just plain good tasting pork, are becoming increasingly important to both farmers and consumers alike.
Today, people are turning away from vehicle-sized pigs and factory-produced, dry, pasty gray pork. In increasing numbers, they are returning to the easily-handled, mid-sized pig that thrives on pasture and efficiently produces moist, colorful, highly-flavored meat and nutritious, Vitamin D-laden lard. As a result, the American Guinea Hog's status has been upgraded from Critical to Threatened.