(LISTED BY AGE)
Farm goal is for a minimum of 85% of the live piglets farrowed to be raised to weaning age.
Low first litter survival percentages and unique farrowing circumstances are forgiven.
Soggy Top Eleanor
(Born March 21, 2011)
Piglets Raised to Weaning Age = 85%
NOTE: Eleanor came to us as a mature sow. As she is now over seven years old, we expect her litter sizes to gradually decrease. These stats only reflect litters born on our farm.
Eleanor was purchased as a mature sow from a farm in Ohio. What a find she was. She is a mid-sized Guinea Hog with a quiet demeanor, gentle nature, fabulous body length and width, an exceptionally strong topline, and an absolutely beautiful and expressive face. Among the other sows, Eleanor is definitely in charge.
She maintains her body weight well while nursing without requiring large amounts of additional feed. Her litters are well cared for and inherit their mother's quiet, calm demeanor and taste for hay - they love it!
Her first litter on our farm produced nine lovely piglets with seven that were raised to weaning. One of these piglets has turned blue. Piglets from this litter are now living on farms in Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, and South Carolina.
Breeding plans: Eleanor was bred to Sam and we have retained a gilt, CMG Inga Moore, from that April 2019 litter.
CMG Lacey Dancer
(Born September 21, 2015)
Piglets Raised to Weaning = 93%
Dancer is a rare blue guinea hog. She was sold (as a solid black) to a neighboring farm when she was about four months of age. When she started turning blue (around a year of age), we convinced (really just begged) her owner to breed her to our blue boar, Sahib. The litter born was so exceptional, that we again started begging - this time for the opportunity to buy Dancer and her entire litter. Thankfully they agreed. Piglets from that litter went to farms in Illinois, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Texas. At one time Dancer was a steely blue color. Today, her coat has reverted to nearly all black with just a frosting of grey across her shoulders and torso.
Dancer is a large sow - second only to Erma - with a puppy dog disposition and a cute face with a shorter nose like her father, Ingleside Clyde. She and her piglets were the stars of the American Guinea Hog Association booth at the 2019 Mother Earth News Fair in Frederick, Maryland. We are so very glad to have her here. Especially since she is the daughter of our wonderful Bonnie who is no longer with us.
Breeding Plans: We have retained a gilt, CMG Beatrix Potter, from the April 2019 Dancer/Borg litter.
CMG Amelia Earhart
(Born May 1, 2016)
Piglets Raised to Weaning Age = 87%
Amelia is not a large sow, but like her mother, Eleanor, and her sire, Sahib, she has tremendous length and beautiful width throughout. I kept this girl as a butcher hog for our family, but she matured so nicely that, when her "time" came last fall, I held her over and began to consider breeding her to Sam Adams! She made the decision for me when she broke into Sam Adams' stout enclosure. There were no signs of forced entry. The fences and hot wires were intact and without damage - yet there she was in all her glory. We can only conclude that pigs do indeed fly - for fly she certainly must have done. Given this girl's proclivity for bold, aerial maneuvers, we have named her "Amelia Earhart."
Amelia was bred to Fred and on April 30, 2019 she produced a stunning litter of seven spry piglets. This was a great pairing and produced some nice, wide piglets.
CMG Erma Bombeck
(Born September 5, 2016)
Piglets Raised to Weaning Age =75%
Erma is a Bonnie/Fred daughter that was retained for breeding. She is the youngest, but largest, sow on the farm. Erma is long, level and lean with more of a bacon hog body type. She was put in with Sahib before he left for Wisconsin and farrowed with a fabulous litter of eight, adorable piglets with 100% surviving to weaning age. Erma's litter was the fastest growing litter we have ever produced. Her breeder quality piglets went to farms in Florida and Pennsylvania.
Erma farrowed with eight beautiful piglets in August 2019. We suspect a predator pressure caused four to perished.
She will be bred to BKF Cedric Diggory in December 2019 for Spring piglets.
JWM Big Sky
(August 24, 2017)
Piglets Raised to Weaning = 67%
Sky came to us in November 2018 from the McDaniel's farm in Texas. She is a litter mate to our new boar JWM Borg and a daughter of our first boar, Ingleside Clyde. Sky was brought in (bred back to her father) to help us as we work to solidify a Clear Morning "Clyde-Type" line of American Guinea Hogs. These piglets would be good as out cross piglets with other hogs that don't include Clyde's lines in their pedigrees. She is a great girl, not too needy, calm-even tempered, and is easily contained in the electric mesh fencing.
NOTE: Sky farrowed on the very cold morning of February 3, 2019. There were nine in the litter - three did not survive. We had another gilt in with Sky for warmth at the time due the extremely cold temperature. I expect the crowded hutch may have contributed to the crushing of the three we lost on the night they were born. One boar piglet, CMG Charles Dickens, was retained.
Reference Sows - Listed by Age
(Deceased or no longer owned sows that have contributed to our lines)
Ingleside Bonnie (deceased)
(Born March 4, 2011)
Bonnie was our first AGH sow. She came to us in April of 2014 and in August farrowed with a litter of 12 piglets of which 11 were raised to weaning. She was long, level, extremely large, and simply the best mother ever. She passed unexpectedly while living on a friends farm.
ROF Dusty (Born August 1, 2015)
Direct from New England, Dusty (born 8/1/2015) is oh so long bodied with a lovely top line and tail set. Gentle as they come. She is quite a talker and has a very deep bass voice. She puts nice feet on her offspring.
NOTE: Dusty was bred to Cedric Diggory and produced a litter of 10 piglets in April 2019. She was sold bred we have retained the pick of that litter here on our farm.
Old Beach Setty Madeline (March 2, 2016)
Madeline is a result of intensive line breeding on two of the American Guinea Hog founders, Setty Houdini and Setty Rose. Madeline possesses a wonderful structure and temperament. Because she is so beautiful and easy going, we took Madeline with us to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs Pennsylvania. She was a wonderful Ambassador for the breed and won everyone's hearts - especially those of the children. Madeline is a talker and she enjoyed lengthy conversations (and belly scratches) with everyone who visited the American Guinea Hog Association booth at the fair. Her first litter was farrowed in November of 2017 and was quite small - just two piglets - but those two piglets are gorgeous. We are hoping her numbers increase in her second litter.
We retained a Madeline gilt, CMG Judy Bloom, and a boar, CMG Leo Tolstoy. She was rebred to Cedric in July of 2019 and now lives on Timberhave farm in Massachusetts.