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"...when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another Heaven and another Earth must pass before such a one can be again." -William Beebe

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Our goal is to preserve rare and endangered breeds of livestock.We Hope you enjoy your visit to our Web Page!

 

All pigs are registered with:

The American Mulefoot Hog Association & Registry

Maveric Heritage Ranch Co. is located near

Dell Rapids, South Dakota.

Mulefoots are classified as "Critical" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservacy & are the rarest American pig breed. This means that there are less than 200 annual registrations of these hogs, and less than 2000 in the global population.

Mulefoot description:

The most distinctive feature of the American Mulefoot hog is the solid hoof, which resembles that of a mule or horse. Pigs with solid hooves (also called syndactylism) have attracted the interest of many writers over the centuries, including Aristotle and Darwin. The American Mulefoot is the only syndactyl breed with a documented history & breed standard. Mulefoots are solid black with occasional white points (feet or nose), medium flop ears & a soft body coat. They are typically docile, friendly & exceptionally intelligent animals.

In the early 1900’s, mulefoots were considered premium "ham-hogs", and were fed to great weights before slaughter. A typical mulefoot today will reach 400-600 pounds by age 2. 

For some years breeders claimed that Mulefoots were immune to hog cholera. That claim has been disproved, though the breed does seem to possess remarkable hardiness.

About Maveric:

Our mulefoots are raised in a tree stand & pasture, with plenty of fresh air, mud and the opportunity to behave "naturally". Raised in this manner, pigs don’t produce the offensive odor you might notice when going by a confinement. They are very playful & like to run, wrestle, lift things (like dumping their water buckets) & mischievous. They enjoy a large variety of foods, especially fruit & treats from the bakery. We trained our pigs to be friendly & to gently take food by feeeding them bananas. Our Mulefoots also like to sit like a dog & relish a tasty mouthful. It is very entertaining to have our mulefoot herd.

All pigs love to eat, roll in the mud, play with their mates and take long naps. Contrary to public belief, pigs are very clean animals. They pick their "spots" to use for beds, dining, and potty, and do not mix them up. All mates in a pen will use the same area for each particular activity.

A sow’s nesting habits are quite amusing & amazing! She will gather her materials, such as straw, hay & sticks, & build an elaborate hollow in which to farrow (give birth). A sow’s gestation lasts for 3 months, 3 weeks & 3 days on average. The piglets will be born & up nursing within minutes. By three days or so, the little ones will be venturing out of the nest to explore their surroundings. Several sows living together will share the mothering duties, & a piglet can get lunch from any mom with an available teat.

 

A Brief History of Mulefoots:

A remnant population of the American Mulefoot has been owned by R.M. Holiday of Louisiana, Missouri, for nearly forty years. He remembers from boyhood that his family and others raised these hogs by putting them on islands in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to forage during the summer and then rounding them up in the fall for slaughter. This practice was terminated by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950's.

In 1964 Mr. Holiday gathered together stock from all the known breeders and established his herd. During 1976 he swapped animals with a breeder in North Dakota, which introduced some undesirable traits such as prick ears, wattles and split hooves.

Nevertheless, Holliday's strong and consistent production selection has maintained a generally uniform and characteristic herd. After his experience with this "exotic" animal dealer he sold no more stock except those contracted for slaughter.

During these years the Mulefoot registries folded and all known copies of the herd books were lost.

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The American Mulefoot Hog Association and National Registry. The associations goal is to document and preserve the American Mulefoot Hog. The Association is currently registering all breeding stock, free of charge, for a limited time. Registration forms/transfer forms, breed standard, as well as membership applications are available online.

Visit the Yahoo! group : mulefoot - a place breeders and interested parties talk pigs!

Reservations are encouraged to guarantee availability. Visit our reservation form page, print and mail to us. Reservations are filled in the order in which they are received.

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Arie McFarlen "Maveric Heritage Ranch Co" Dell Rapids South Dakota 57022 605-428-5994 Email:  maveric9@hotmail.com