Before owning a pig, I had no idea they had so many names! A pig was just a pig. But then I started hearing people calling them different things, and I hadn’t a clue what they meant. I’ve done my homework though. This is for all of you city slickers…
Q: What is a swine?
A: The term “swine” is used to refer to any member of the pig family.
Q: What’s the difference between a Hog and a Pig?
A: A hog is an older swine, weighing over 120 lbs. A pig is a younger swine, weighing less than 120 lbs.
Q: What are baby pigs called?
A: (Aw, com’mon! I know you know that much!) Piglets, of course!
Q: What is a female pig called?
A: A female pig is called a “gilt” until she has her first litter of piglets, and then she is called a “sow”, no matter her age.
Q: What is a male pig called?
A: A male pig is called a “boar”, until he is castrated (neutered), and then he is called a “barrow”.
Q: What is a feeder pig?
A: A feeder pig is a gilt or barrow which has been weaned, and is sold to be raised for slaughter. It is between 6-8 weeks old, and should weigh between 40-80 pounds.
Q: What is a grower pig?
A: A grower pig is a swine weighing between 40-125 pounds.
Q: What is a finisher pig?
A: A finisher pig is a swine which has reached market weight, 125 pounds to about 230 pounds.
There. Don’t you feel smarter now?!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.