Raising Pigs 101: Understanding Pig Sounds and Porcine Terminology

Whatever your reason for raising pigs, some of the basic knowledge you’ll want to have remains the same. In order to best know how to raise a pig, communication is key — both with other pig farmers and with your animals. This article includes an introduction to proper porcine terminology, necessary to untangle the web of unique terms used to describe pigs at various stages of development and to avoid confusion upon hearing “weaner,” “gilt” or the more archaic “shoat.” A short dictionary of pigspeak will help you translate the various pig sounds these animals make — it goes way beyond “Oink! Oink!”
 

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