BREED: We get many different breeds twice yearly (Spring & Fall)

GENDER: Male-boar; Female-sow


GROUP: Swine

PREGNANCY: Carry for 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days. Litters up to 10 - 12 piglets

DIET: Mixture of ground corn, wheat, garden scraps, soy minerals (vitamins).  They gain approx. 2 lbs. per day.

PIGLET: Baby;  BARROW = Young male;  GILT = Young female;  HOG = Over 180 lbs

WALLOW:  Mud keeps them, cool in the warmer months, acts like sunscreen and insect repellent, and is also fun to play in! The phrase “sweat like a pig” is incorrect - pigs do not have as many sweat glands as we do and cannot sweat enough to cool off.

ROOT: Uses snout like a shovel to dig for bugs & roots.

CLEAN OR DIRTY? Actually very “clean” – they typically do not like to soil their living or eating areas.

GOSSIPING: This is the squealing and grunting sounds that pigs make to communicate with each other

JOB: Meat (pork, bacon, ham, etc.), pigskin leather (footballs), boar bristle (brushes, including tooth brushes)





Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

This website is a project of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm and the text and graphic contents of this website are © 2019  by The Friends of Howell Living History Farm.

Howell Farm is located at - 70 Woodens Ln.   Lambertville, NJ 08530

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