Domestication of pigs started many years ago. There are still wild pigs out there called the wild boar. Domesticated pigs now a days are on farms everywhere, some even living in the homes of people. A pig pretty much eats anything so they are a fairly easy animal to care for. Pigs come in all different breeds and sizes and colors. “Pigs are mammals with stocky bodies, small eyes, and flat snouts”(Bradford).
The domestic pig is also known as the Sus Scrofa Domesticus or Sus Domesticus. Their kingdom is Animalia; class is Mammalia; order is Artiodactyla. Pigs are called commonly called swine or hogs. “The domestic pig originated from the Eurasian wild boar”(Giuffra). “Pigs are in the Suide family, including eight genera and 16 different species”(Bradford). Mitochondrial DNA was tested to come up with the origin to be made. Domestication of the pigs are thought to have happened first in the Near East. “For centuries the pigs have made a home with humans”(Nelson); basically domesticating themselves. Pigs were among the first mammal to be domesticated. Domestication of the pig is believed to have started around 6,000 years. Domesticated pigs rarely have a range map because of how populated they have become but at any given time on average there are “60 million pigs on farms throughout the U.S.”(Nelson).
Pigs can be found in any number of places. The domesticated pig is of course found on a farm somewhere normally in the US. As you start going around the world the wild boar is more…
Hello! I am Hana Pfeiffer and I am thirteen years old. I am super excited to be participating in my very first year in 4-H. Every year I go to the fair and ever since I was really young I wanted to participate in the fun! This year I contacted a family friend and before I knew it I was in the club, Barnyard Tails!
This year I am raising pigs because we know many people that have done or are doing them. They recommended swine for my first year.
Before we got the pigs, we started building…
In Zambia, a dog named Ruger was considered a bad dog; he was aggressive and would frequently bark at people. However, his overall personality made him very easy to train, and he would go on to arrest more than 150 poachers as Zambia’s first anti-poaching dog.
Ruger’s life started in Blackfeet Reservation, Montana. When he was very young, Ruger’s owner shot his brothers and sisters, but he was able to escape. Eventually, Ruger wound up in a shelter,, where he was noticed by a trainer. This…
Pigs come in all different sizes and each body size is used for a different type
of meat. Large pigs are used for lard production, medium sized pigs are commonly for bacon
production, and small pigs are produced for pork (Pig, 2016).
The classification of the pig in order from kingdom to species is Animalia, Chordata,
Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Suidae, Sus, Scrofa (Bradford, 2015). The order Artiodactyla also
includes giraffes and hippopotamuses which are also even-toed ungulates (Lohman, n.d.).
European and Asian immigrants came to America with multiple unknown animals. Most of these foreign animals hurt or destroyed the land and the ecosystem. One of these none native animals is known as a wild hog (Suidae). Feral swine (Sus scrofa), often found in the United States, come from a variety of domesticated swine. These include: the Eurasian wild boar and African boar hybrids. The first documented domestic swine was used for food purposes in Hawaii around 750-1000; but it was…