Red Devon Cattle and Red Wattle Pigs
ALPHA 2 OMEGA RANCH
The Alpha 2 Omega Ranch raises registered Red Devon Cattle and registered Red Wattle Pigs. Both of the breeds are either on the listed as endangered of extension. Our major goal is to assist in the propagation of each of the breeds in order to reduce the potential of extinction. Our secondary goal is to sell a top quality meat product that is free of any residual pesticides or herbicides. Those animals that are not reserved for breeding stock are sold for meat. We breed the best and sell the rest for meat in order to maintain a self-sustaining farm..
All of our animals are raised on pastures that are free of pesticides and herbicides. In addition, we do not provide any of our animals with any Genetically Modified or Engineered feed. Our pigs are fed a certified non-GMO peanut/milo based feed. Although Alpha 2 Omega Ranch is not a certified organic facility, our pastures are free of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides and our cattle and pigs are free of extensive use of vaccines, hormones and antibiotics. If and when it become necessary to use an antibiotic or other standard medicine, our first choice is always natural herbs and homeopathic products. If they are not sufficient then and only then do we resort to the standard medicinal treatments.
The Devon Cattle Breed is one of the oldest heritage breeds of cattle in the US. The breed is First listed as arriving in 1623 aboard the ship Charity. The Devon breed fell out of favor after WWII due to the proliferation of and desire for grain finished cattle. The characteristic of the Devon breed rendered the breed as not really suitable for grain finishing in the standard feed lots and soon fell out of favor. Consequently, the breed has remained remarkably pure and has retained its original excellent traits that include excellent grass finished meat products, high cut-out percentage, early maturity, reproductive ability, calving ease, and overall consistency.. Due to the recent paradigm shift away from grain fed beef to the more nutritious grass fed beef, the Devon breed is coming back into popularity. For more information on the Red Devon Breed, please visit the Red Devon Association USA website <www.reddevonUSA.com>
The Red Wattle breed of pig is on the critical list of extinction and as members of the Red Wattle Hog Association, we are committed to preserving the breed. Although the goal is to keep or sell each piglet for breeding stock, those that do not sell provide top quality pork that has been rated by our customers as some of the best tasting pork .
The Red Wattle breed is an East Texas native pig which was named for its color and unusual appendages which hang from each side of its jaw. Red Wattle pigs can range in color from golden ginger to cinnamon red to a dark red that looks almost black. Most Wattles have rather large upright ears while some ears are so large that they lope or droop due to their sides. A young mature boar may weight as little as three hundred pounds while an older boar may exceed a thousand pounds. The mature sows are a little smaller, weighing from three hundred to over six hundred pounds. Red Wattle Pigs are known for their mothering instincts, sweet disposition, and their gentle-nature. They are good pasturing pigs and will eat about 5% to 10% of their food from a good quality pasture.
Records of the Red Wattle's existence was recorded in the 1950's. An East Texan named H.C. Wenglar captured the wild pigs with the unusual appendage and began breeding them. There are varying theories as to the origin of the Red Wattle but the prevalent opinion is that the French brought them from a New Caledonia when they settled Louisiana and over the years the Red Wattle pig migrated to East Texas. For for information on the history of Red Wattle Pig visit The Red Wattle Hog Association (http://www.redwattlehogassociation.com) and the American Livestock Breeders Conservancy (ALBC) (http://www.albc-usa.org/). Both websites provide information on the history and present standing of these heritage pigs.
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