Curly Haired Pig


Curly Hair

This is a closeup of the back of a mature sow that has curly hair. Normally the hair on our pigs is straight. In the past I had sometimes seen curly hair on some small grower pigs due to mineral deficiencies because our hay came from a selenium deficient area.
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This pig has been getting kelp and she’s an adult where I haven’t ever seen that issue crop up. The curl is also different than the wavy shape of the mineral deficiency. This suggests she might have a gene for curly hair which is interesting. It might be a survival advantage in our cold windy climate. I’m watching it.

Outdoors: 24°F/44°F Sunny, 1/2″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 59°F/64°F

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10 Responses to Curly Haired Pig

  1. aminthepm says:

    Was she born with curly hair or a recent development ?

  2. Farmerbob1 says:

    Hrm, I would think that curly hair is selected against in cold weather climates. I’m trying to remember even one curly-haired cold-weather animal, and I’m coming up zero. There probably are at least a couple, but I can’t think of any right off. I would think that curly hair would tend to collect water instead of shedding it. It would also ruffle more easily in the wind, allowing heat to be lifted away.

    Now, a curly under-coat with dense straight hair over it might be good, as it would create airspace if the straight hair could protect it.

  3. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Jill Winger has a blog regarding her homestead family up in the Northern prairie country. Lots of well-written (often funny) homestead and kitchen tips. She does try to sell essential oils, has affiliates . . . but she was mentioning acquiring some Mangalitzas recently. They are not quite as glacier-bound as you, but close to it. You might enjoy reading her . . . I think the blog is “Homestead Tool Box.” I know from your discussion some time back that Mangalitzas are classic lard types. But genetic drift/selection rather than mutation seems to have been the moving mechanism to bacon types in the first place. Might merit you acquiring one or two to see if the fuzzy gene could be “lifted”? Have you had much success in drifting your Tamworth additions to meatier critters?

    • I’ve thought about doing that. It worked with the Tamworth. The Magalitza are even more slow growing and I don’t want that. So I continue to think about it. If the opportunity presents easily I might.

  4. Jessie N. says:

    Would curly hair though genetics mask the wavy hair from selenium deficiency and make it more difficult to spot?

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