Hello and welcome to Idaho Pasture Pigs. Idaho Pasture Pigs, Ipp's for short, are a new breed of pig. They were designed specifically for pasture based systems. They were designed with the small farmer, homesteader and hobby farmer in mind. Through selective breeding and unique breeding, we have developed a friendly, pasture based, meat hog. We have selected breeds known for excellent, red marbled meat and have thrown in an extremely gentle pig that is pasture based.
Our Idaho Pasture Pigs (Ipp's) are friendlier than domestic pigs. The sows have better dispositions at farrowing time. The boars are gentle to handle. The piglets crawl into our laps instead of being so flighty, like other domestic pigs. Ipp's reach butcher weight in the 180 days as do traditional hogs, but do not get as big at maturity. Idaho Pasture Pigs at maturity are around 350 lbs; compare that to 750 lbs on other breeds. Ipp's have short, upturned, snouts. These snouts set them apart from other breeds and allow them to graze the grass instead of rooting it up. They come in a variety of colors including red, red and black, black and white, tri-colored; ginger, and black and white. The have wattles or tassels under their chin. Very few pig breeds have the waddles. They have great conformation, with nice well rounded hams.
We are a small, family farm located in Idaho. Our goal is to bring back the "pig" to family farms. We have developed a unique breed of pig that is loveable, pasture based, all natural meat hog.
Alfalfa is a cool season perennial legume living from three to twelve years, depending on variety and climate. It resembles clover with clusters of small purple flowers. Legumes have a higher percentage of protein, calcium and carotene than typical grasses. Alfalfa is one of the best forages for swine.
Gary & Shelly Farris
The disposition of sows and piglets is extremely important to us. Sows are naturally protective of their piglets, but we wanted sows with better temperaments. The Ipp sows are so much nicer than the bigger sows that we have had, especially at farrowing time. Piglets are typically flighty and we wanted friendlier piglets. We also wanted quality of meat products.
We have bred pigs for shorter snouts, which make them better suited for grazing.
Through our unique breeding we
have been able to achieve all of this. The sows and piglets are friendly, the meat is
superior, and nothing is prettier than a bunch of pigs on pasture.