Mulefoot Hogs - Recessive Genes?


| 11/9/2012 12:36:30 AM


Tags: Farrowing pigs, Mulefoot Hogs, Mulefoot Pigs, Red Striped Pigs, Recessive Mulefoot Genetics, Terra Dei Farm, Alexandra Reel,

Okay, I'm going to put my pride on the shelf and adopt utter transparency here.  We had a new litter of Mulefoot hogs born on the farm recently.  Both parents are registered, traditional black stock.  Here is the litter:

 Striped Red Mulefoot Pigs Bad 

!?!?!?!?!?! 

Sorry the picture is black and white, but you can see which 3 pigs I'm talking about.  In color, they are a reddish gray, with stripes.  Kind of like a chipmunk.  Has anyone else had any experience with this?

I've done a good deal of searching and researching since they were born.  Or, I should say that I've tried.  There is a scant amount of information to be found online.  For good reason, nobody wants to risk their reputation as a breeder by admitting that this recessive gene has shown up on their farm.

But, for the good of the breed, I think it might be time to start talking about it.  What I've found is that it is a recessive gene in some bloodlines. But 3 pigs in one litter?  I question whether it is recessive enough.

ALEXANDRA REEL
11/16/2012 9:36:31 PM

I agree - amusing! I love just standing at the fence and watching our hogs play and just "be hogs". But, of course, when it comes to hogs nothing is more enjoyable than eating that farm fresh pork! :)


MILK MAID
11/13/2012 6:15:29 PM

I find this interesting. We have not had pigs but for the ones our son's friend brought to us. They were very amusing and I was very happy when they jumped in the freezer. LOL


ALEXANDRA REEL
11/12/2012 8:07:26 PM

You raise a good point, Suzy. While, I'm certain that the breeding to this particular sow was done by a registered Mulefoot boar, the recessive striped gene is indicative of the primitive state of Mulefoot genetics. A variety of factors, but the Mulefoot gene pool just hasn't evolved as far away from their wild ancestors as most of the more modern swine breeds. Also, for a time during the previous century the registries had collapsed and records were scarce - breeders are still dealing with outcrossing (both wild and domesticated) that may have happened during that gap and weed out these rouge recessives.





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