Red Wattle Pigs
ALPHA 2 OMEGA RANCH
The Alpha 2 Omega Ranch raises Red Wattle Pigs. The Red Wattle breed is on the critical list of extinction and as members of the Red Wattle Hog Association, we are committed to preserving the breed. We keep or sell the best of each litter for breeding and sell the remaining for meat in order to maintain a self-sustaining farm. The pork has been rated as some of fhe best tasting pork by our customers.
All of our pigs are raised on pasture and in addition, all of our adult pigs are fed a ceritified 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 pigs are free of extensive use of vaccines, hormones and antibiotics. Our first choice of medicines are herbs and homeopatic products.
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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