It’s been a while since I shared some news. We’ll start with a re-homing need. SFF Shirley is available. Shirley is a 21-month-old gilt. Her owners, Chad and Michelle Butler, never got a boar and decided that they were moving in a different direction on their farm. Her older sibling, SFF Loretta, shares her pedigree. Loretta is moving to Alabama. Shirley will need to be placed around the same time because a pig alone is a sad thing indeed. This is a linebred girl who should still be young enough to readily breed. She is a very good weight. This picture was taken July, 2021. I would like to see these genetics go to a conservation home. Shirley is linebred with Maveric and Sumrall bloodlines that were not introduced into the registration gene pool until 2017. I owned both parents. The sire was bred by Donna Dorminey, and I bred Ma Rainey. Big Bill Broonzy is one of the few pigs with a large amount of genetics from Sumrall Bobbie Sue, the foundation sow that saved the Sumrall bloodline. If you are interested in her, Chad will get her registered with assistance from breeder Aura Morris, who was an active member of the AGHA for the last two or three years. Shirley is located in Tignall, Georgia in Wilkes County. Update: Shirley is going to accompany her sister Loretta to provide meat for her community and companionship to Loretta. Happy ending!
Lunch and Learning Regional Event In North Carolina–Register and Save the Date!
Have you ever wanted to meet some of the Guinea Hog Breeders you interact with on Facebook? Are you a heritage hog breeder wanting to learn more about selection, husbandry, and swine nutrition? Do you live in North Carolina or any states that surround it? This regional “meet and greet” event organized and hosted by Matthew Hunker and Kirsten Darby is something you will want to check out!
- It’s FREE! However, you must be a MEMBER of one of the heritage pig associations monitored by The Livestock Conservancy in their Conservation Priority List.
- The location is Siler City, North Carolina
- The event will take place on October 2, 2021. It will last from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- LUNCH will be provided. This will include pork from an American Guinea Hog. Yum!
- Speakers and Topics include Swine Nutrition by Silvana Pietrosemoli; Swine Husbandry by Dr. Jon Holt; Breeding Selection by Rhyne Cureton, aka “Pork Rhyne.”
- Contact Matt Hunker at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP, no later than September 12. He needs to know how many pigs to process.
Matthew hopes that other regions around the country will follow this lead and gather with fellow heritage pig breeders.
E-Book Sale! Ends July 31st
Saving the Guinea Hogs in E-Book format retails for $7.99 on Amazon and at guineahogbooks.com/store/. However, for the entire month of July, you can download it from Smashwords during their site-wide promotion for only $1.99–That’s 75% off! I decided to also discount the print books by 15% just for fun. Media Mail USPS shipping is still free.
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