Mulefoot Hogs - Recessive Genes?


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


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.

jlemonde
4/2/2018 11:18:20 AM

Red (depending what generic color it actually is because people refer to several different genetic colors as “red when they can actually be brown, chocolate, liver or actually true red is which is dominant and I doubt that’s the actually genetic color we are talking about heee but until I can do a DNA test to pinpoint the genetic color it actually is I can’t say by looking, no one can without a DNA color test which is commonly done in animals like dogs and horses... but many of them are recessive to the black gene, so both parents need to carry it giving you a 50/50 chance of each piglet being black or “red”...the fact you got 3 out of 4 is simply “the luck or unluck of the draw”... because the Mulefoot breed is so limited removing pigs which carry and can produce red simply because it’s not the color they are “supposed to be” would severely limit an already limited gene pool for cosmetic reasons rather then removing ones that carried an actual genetic defect ... as I have researched the Mulefoots I find a LOT of the litters contain red ... a better way perhaps to handle the unwanted “red” color is to treat it like some colors in breeds of dogs are treated.... say the German Shorthaired Pointer... they come in liver, (which could be called red depending on the shade but genetically the colors are totally different but for the example we will say “red”) and black German Shorthaired Pointers... The liver ones can be shown and is considered preferred... but the black ones can be registered and bred but not shown... thereby not totally removing them from the gene pool but encouraging breeders to try to produce the “preferred” color... But I do want to make one observation that occurred and somewhat troubled me when I first started researching the Mulefoot breed as I wanted a breed to pasture raise... Black is not the optimal color for any animals in an open area... red would absorb less heat and yet not sunburn like white pigs... I’m not sure if the original breeder of a Mulefoot pigs wanted to produce a black pig, or it just happened that way from the foundation stock they used, but I do know removing all of the ones that are “red” or produce “red” from an already extremely limited gene pool basically cosmetic reasons would be the biggest mistake...


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






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