American Guinea Hogs are an old American Breed thought to be around 200 years old. They were once the most popular pig on homesteads in the Southeast. People kept them in their yards to keep things mowed down and the snakes away.
With the rise of industrial pork operations and the decline of families raising up their own hogs for slaughter, the numbers suffered and they are now listed as Threatened on the Livestock Conservancy’s Endangered Breeds List.
Their medium size, friendly demeanor and foraging ability makes them just as desirable today as in yesteryear. Small farmers who want their pigs to be raised outdoors living a natural life will really enjoy their ability to thrive without much interference.
Guinea Hogs are a lard style hog and build up fat with ease. Their fat is extremely desirable for lard and produces wonderfully marbled meat. They are even listed on the Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste. In order to keep their weight and health in check the American Guinea Hog Association (AGHA) recommends raising them on pasture in season and quality hay in the winter with minimal supplementation. If you are interested in purchasing one of our American Guinea Hogs check out our Farm Store. To get a Chef’s perspective on the American Guinea hog check out Craig Deihl the Executive Chef at Cypress in Charleston, SC.
We are proud members of the American Guinea Hog Association.