Our IPPR Registered Idaho Pasture Pigs
Learn why we love them our IPP Pigs
THRIVE ON PASTURE
IPP's were selectively bred to be ideal for pasture-based farms. Their short, upturned snout gives them the ability to graze and rooting is minimal as long as their mineral needs are met. They require less supplemental grain than larger traditional breeds which lowers off-farm costs and produces a healthier pork that is lower in inflammatory omega 6’s and higher in omega 3's, CLA, vitamins and nutrients.
They are docile, attentive mothers with vigorous, well-growing piglets. Our sows have an average of nine per litter and farrow twice per year. Rarely requiring assistance during farrowing.
Both boars and sows have gentle, loving, easy going temperaments, and as the mature weight for boars is 350-450lbs, and 250-350 for sows; they are the perfect size for homesteads and small farms. We love that our children can help care for our piggos without worrying about them being aggressive.
HARDY & RESILIENT
They thrive year-round on pasture; they have a thick coat of hair that protects them from sunburn and biting insects in the summer and keeps them warm during harsh winter weather.
IDEAL MARKET WEIGHT
They reach 230-250lbs and are ready for processing at 8-10 months.
A TRUE GRAZING PIG
Their ability to thrive and grow on a forage-based diet without destroying our pasture is incredible! We've found that our IPP’s ecologically benefit our land more than any other species we've raised.
EXCEPTIONAL MEAT QUALITY
Their pork is red, well-marbled, and FLAVORFUL; perfect for niche market pastured pork producers!
The Idaho Pasture Pig is a medium sized breed of pig developed in 2006 with ongoing selection to to breed to the stated ideal standards. The Idaho Pasture Pigs are exceptionally friendly, have a calm disposition, and has been bred to graze instead of root.
Disposition: Friendly and curious disposition. Aggressive behavior definitely disqualifies pig from breed selection.
Size: A medium sized pig with sows maturing to 250-350 pounds and boars maturing to 350-450 pounds.
Color: Can be black/white, ginger/black, brown/white, cream, ginger, tri-colored , or solid black. The pattern of the pig's coat will vary.
Head: Medium length snout with an upturn or dish on the end to allow grazing and discourage rooting. The snout should be wide and compliment the overall shape of the head. It should not be tapered, not be long and straight, nor should it be completely snub and dished, all of which disqualify pig from breed selection.
Wattles: Pigs may or may not have wattles.
Ears: Well set apart and can be erect or drooping, but there is a preference to erect ears.
Neck: Medium length, blending well between the body and head. Not excessively short or long.
Shoulders: Well developed and noticeable shoulders that are proportional to the rest of the body.
Back: Long and level back is appropriate for breed standard.
Ribs: Deep and well developed ribs without being overly round is the preferred breed standard.
Loin: A broad and long loin area is ideal.
Sides: Deep following the ribs back to the hams, with a straight bottom line is preferred. No rounded sides with the exception of bred gilts or sows.
Quarters: They should be wide coming back from the loin with a good high tail set.
Hams: Well developed and pronounced hams that are full all the way down to the hocks is ideal.
Legs: The legs should be straight coming down from the shoulders. They should be strong and keep the pig's hocks to where it is standing up off of the pasterns with the cleats off of the ground.
Underline: Straight from the ribs to the hams. Evenly and well spaced teats should be present on both boars and gilts on either side of the underline.
All breeding stock while meeting the above standards must also without exception be free from congenital defects (e.g. umbilical and scrotal hernias, Atresia Ani (blind anus), cryptorchid boars, extra cleys)