Michigan Begins Heritage Hog Slaughter

| 4/17/2012 11:32:58 AM

Tags: heritage hogs, Mangalitsa hogs, CAFO, hog producers, heritage breeds, Robin Mather,


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?

michael ford
4/18/2012 9:21:02 PM

Don't be naive enough to believe everything you read in the Media. They try to brainwash you with their own view point. Hogs will become feral and revert to their wild origins within a few generations. Their physical features will change and they will carry diseases that farm raised hogs will not have due to inoculations. Here in Georgia as in many other States wild hogs are becoming a problem. They are found in every County in the State. There is no hunting season and as such they can be taken at any time. They decimate the indigenous species very quickly (aka: deer, quail, plants and many more). So I can see why the DNR is trying to do something.

michelle nivens
4/18/2012 1:19:32 PM

Google Deer Tracks Ranch. It is a recreational hunting ranch that raises animals (including wild hogs, whitetail deer and elk - which are fed an antler enhancing diet, BTW). The animals that they are so sad to have had to kill were being raised for the sole purpose of being killed for sport. The only difference is that they did not get their 600+ dollars for it. As a breeder of actual heritage hog breeds (NOT the same as these feral type hogs that are imported and bred for hunting) I DO think that this legislation is a concern but I dont know that this "farm" is the best example. From my understanding they are trying to stop people importing and breeding the wild hogs. Probably trying to avoid the issues that other states have had when these hogs get loose and reproduce in the wild.

ron smith
4/18/2012 5:59:35 AM

Americans have become sheep. A hundred years ago this would never have happened because there would be a pile of corpses. Human corpses. You don't come onto a mans land and just start shooting his animals without a WHOLE LOT of very good science with two sets of tests and a CDC expert on hand and documentation supporting the decision and a very clear right to do so. It starts with them revoking the right to fully automatic weapons and next thing you know they are just confident nobody will ever raise a hand to stop them from violently violating the rights of citizens with impunity and just running ALL OVER YOU. If you don't stand up to defend yourself don't expect anyone else to.

kelly montgomery
4/18/2012 1:20:00 AM

This is just wrong, who is our government anymore? A bunch of academics with no experience, no real life practicality. Once again corporate special interest pulls the strings of our tax dollars. What ever happened to people with backbones, common sense,morality, and God forbid A MIIND OF THEIR OWN. MY deepest regrets to those farmers who were forced to do the unthinkable.

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