Pigs are not able to be imported into Australia and there are no true pot belly or tea cup pigs in Australia, be wary of breeders that might try to represent their pigs as either of these breeds. Our pigs are Miniature Pigs.
Commercial pigs can grow to 350 kilograms, Miniature Pigs are generally not tiny little creatures when mature. You can expect an average size of around 70kgs. Currently our full grown pigs at about three-four years of age are roughly the size equivalent of a large dog. The pigs gain their miniature status when compared to a fully grown commercial white pig. So for this reason, we prefer to call them small frame pigs.
The Miniature Pig and Pet Pig Association (MPPPA) describes the standard as a pig that at one year is 50cm or shorter at the shoulder, or at three years shorter than 60cms at the shoulder.
Pigs are generally known for their intelligent, delightful and curious natures. Miniature pigs are easy to deal with in smaller spaces, in some domestic situations or where you might want a manageable garden tiller between crop rotations. They are relatively clean animals and will tend to soil farthest from their sleeping area. They are remarkably easy to train and enjoy affection and interaction much the same as dogs.
Our pigs are penned at night and take turns to roam pastures during the week. They certainly make a very cute addition to the barnyard and contribute to the Permaculture model and soil management.
For purely companion applications many new owners prefer to take their new family members home as babies at a few weeks old. At this age they generally bond very quickly.
Pigs will eat almost anything and as much of it as they can get their trotters on. Their diet should include fermented grains, root vegetables and small amounts of vegetable protein e.g. peas or beans. They enjoy foraging for roots or fallen fruit.
You can also obtain specialist pig feed from farm or coop suppliers but this should also be supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is very important that your pig has constant access to fresh, clean water. Extreme dehydration can cause irreversible brain damage. Piglets may need to be bottle-fed milk if adopted when quite young. We don’t let our babies go too young and we will provide you with a full caring for your new piglet briefing.
It is strictly illegal to feed pigs meat, animal carcasses or any food scraps that have been in contact with meat. For a pet pig, vegetable, fruit and cereal scraps are OK.
You will need to provide your pig a simple shelter, a couple of metres square, lined with straw. The pig hut should be cleaned regularly, the mucked out straw makes an excellent addition to your compost. In the ideal situation your pig will be able to roam the garden to exercise and forage. A small pen associated with their hut is recommended for those times when you are absent or don’t want them ranging about at will.
Pigs are sensitive to weather, they huddle together when cold and when hot they need shade or if you want a very happy pig wallowing in mud is a favourite. Pale pigs are also prone to sunburn.
We vaccinate our pigs against leptospirosis and parvo virus. They will also need annual worming and hoof trimming. Your local vet can help and advise.
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