Michigan Begins Heritage Hog Slaughter



Despite its assertion that it would not do so, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun conducting armed raids on heritage hog farmers, the first two over the weekend of April 14-16. 

Dave Tuxbury of Deer Tracks Ranch killed all of his hogs on April 14 so that the DNR, which had served a search warrant, would not charge him as a felon. “It took 12 guys four times in there to kill all of them,” Tuxbury wrote Monday in an email. “Sows with young, pregnant sows, dozens of piglets and old mature boars. 

Does anyone know what it feels like to open fire on 20 baby piglets in one group? They (DNR agents) commented to everyone that Mangalitsa heritage breed hogthey never saw a fence built so tough and no way would a hog get out of this area. …They never saw a fence like that.” 

But even a super-tough fence wasn’t enough to prevent enforcement of the order that effectively put the Michigan heritage hog farmer out of business on Saturday.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the DNR’s “invasive species order,” or ISO, in December 2011. The ISO went into effect April 1, and was enacted, the DNR said, to protect Michigan’s hog farms from diseases spread by so-called feral hogs, as well as protect landowners from damages caused by wild hogs. 

9/5/2014 5:01:42 AM

What is most important there is the welfare of the people living in Michigan. Especially when the health of everyone is at risk. hog owners should be cooperative with the authorities to prevent further outbreaks. You must have variety of exotics to offer for hunting like blackbuck hunting would be fun in exchange of hog, to continue business. Varieties are important just how http://www.huntingtexastophies.com/ offers.

Wilhelm Kohl
4/19/2012 11:54:58 AM

Please correct the article: MARK BAKER does not raise Mangalitsa pigs, he raises crosses of Wild Russian Boars & Mangalitsas. That is the only reason he is effected by this order. If he was truly raising Mangalitsa pigs, he would have no problems at all.

Susan Brownfield
4/19/2012 5:41:05 AM

I understood that the Mangalitsa breed would not be affected...isn't that true?

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