Roselle the Red Wattle Gilt

12 Sep

We are convinced that the Red Wattle Hog is the right heritage breed hog for our family farm. Docile, gentle, hardy and disease resistant, they need little intervention to maintain a healthy herd with proper management. So, was it the time to add a gilt to the “herd”? We had 15 piglets, so we knew that our boar could do his job. However, there were concerns about how to find one. They are critically endangered according to the ALBC.

Our Yorkshire gilts were about to farrow, so we contacted the very helpful and knowledgeable farmers at Ecotonefarm, they had recently gone through a “farrowing” and were the only people we knew of with recent experience. I had contacted C.J. to find out if he had any advice prior to the birth of our piglets. He was generous with his time and provided excellent information. We also happened to find out that he had a gilt left from his first RWH litter and when we ran the inbreeding coefficient, we found that his gilt would be a good match with our boar

She is home with us now at PGF and doing very, very well. She is a playful, affectionate, talkative gilt with a lot of personality!

See C.J.’s post regarding the match.

Why the name “Roselle”?

We grew the plant “roselle” this year with excellent results. We feel that there is potential for the flower and the gilt to become a very important elements on our farm in the future!

2 Responses to “Roselle the Red Wattle Gilt”


  1. LGD’S « Pink Guitar Farm - October 13, 2010

    […] While we were out picking up our RWH gilt, I mentioned to the farmers at Ecotone that we were looking for LGD’s (they have two wonderful Great Pyrenees dogs). And as luck would have it, they knew of a farmer who was looking to place two 18 month old Great Pyrenees dogs, a male and a spayed female that were siblings. After several e-mails, phone calls and a visit to our farm from this very conscientious farmer, we went to pick up Jane and Burley on October 3rd. […]

  2. Heritage piglets, heirloom seeds. Happy Easter! « Pink Guitar Farm - May 1, 2011

    […] should have been a joyous occasion became somber as the situation began to reveal itself. Roselle was not showing interest in her piglets and had crushed two. Two more had not made it through the […]

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