Idaho Pasture Pigs
Idaho Pasture Pigs or IPP for short are a newer breed of pigs that were created to produce smaller breeding stock pigs, which make them easier to handle as well as a pig who does very well on pasture and does not root the soil and destroy everything. The IPP’s max out at about 375 lbs , which is about half the size of traditional pigs. They take about 7-8 months to reach market weight which is 30-60 days longer but it can be done with less food and a healthier life. If you feed the Ipp’s like traditional pigs they will turn into 55 gallon drums with nubs for legs. They were not bred to grow muscle mass as quickly as possible by pounding the food to them like most breeds. They were designed with the small farmer, homesteader and hobby farmer in mind. Through selective breeding and unique breeding, the IPP have developed into a friendly, pasture based, meat hog. We have selected breeds known for excellent, red marbled meat and have thrown in an extremely gentle pig that is pasture based.
Ipp's are friendlier than domestic pigs. The sows have better dispositions at farrowing time. The boars are gentle to handle. The piglets crawl into our laps instead of being so flighty, like other domestic pigs. Ipp's have short, upturned, snouts. These snouts set them apart from other breeds and allow them to graze the grass instead of rooting it up. They come in a variety of colors including red, red and black, black and white, tri-colored; ginger, and black and white. The have wattles or tassels under their chin. Very few pig breeds have the waddles. They have great conformation, with nice well rounded hams. IPP's are a combination of the original Duroc, old Berkshire, and Kunekune breeds. The pigs are now a registered breed, with the IPP registry.