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Fun Pig Facts

Pork loin, pork chops, ribs, bacon, pigs are delicious. They're also pretty cute. Here at Keller Crafted Meats, we are committed to raising our livestock humanely and organically to produce the highest quality meat possible with minimal effect on the environment. Having raised pigs for years, we have learned quite a few things about them. Here are some fun pig facts for your entertainment.

Smell

Pigs have an amazing sense of smell, even stronger than a dogs. In fact, because they have such poor eye sight, they rely much more exclusively on their sense of smell than dogs do. Because of this, they are commonly used a truffle hunting. Truffles are fungi delicacies that are only good for a short period of time when they ripen and emit a smell, which the pigs pick up on.

Taste

You might think that with all the dirt they have to dig up to get to their food, that a pig's sense of taste may not be that well developed. However, they have almost double the taste receptors that humans do, with 15,000 taste buds to our measly 9,000.

Prevalence

Pigs are one of the few animals that can boast living on every continent except Antarctica. Only dogs, cats, rats, and a few other animals can make that claim. Total, there are about two billion pigs on the planet.

Keeping Cool

Pigs have almost no sweat glands, so the phrase "sweating like a pig" doesn't really make sense. Instead, they keep cool with a good wallow in the mud.

Voice

Pigs talk to each other often, with over twenty different vocalizations currently identified, including ones for hunger and attraction. Additionally, their squeals can get extremely loud, reaching up to 115 decibels, which is even louder than a supersonic airliner.

Digestion

Pigs can eat just about everything, up to and including human bones. This happened to an unfortunate farmer in Oregon, who had a heart attack and fell into a pig enclosure. The only part that was left of him when he was found were his dentures.

Society

Pigs are extremely social animals, known to snuggle close in groups snout to snout. Social interaction is far from their only similarity to humans, they also dream as well.

Swimming

You wouldn't think hooves very conducive to swimming, but that's exactly what they do on the island of Big Major Cay in the Bahamas. They've even been known to swim offshore to boats in order to get treats from tourists.

 

Hopefully these pigs facts proved interesting. If you organic, sugar free, and grass fed pork options, then you're in the right place. Check out our product line available for order online today. If you have any questions about our products, practices, or delivery, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.