At C&D Family Farms we treat our farm animals humanely. It’s our hope for all farm animals to be treated as we treat ours. It is a living right and we aim to preserve it.
C&D extends beyond farm raised animals and do our best to rescue mistreated, abandoned and simply misunderstood animals. We are a small farm we can only do so much for individual animals but an educated public can do a world more.
In 1986 a trend in the U.S. began when Vietnamese Potbellied were introduced to American zoos.
Breeders took notice of their popularity and began to breed other “small breed” lines. Unscrupulous breeders would try any number of methods to create smaller pigs and sell them as Teacups or Minis. The names only refer to size not a breed by the way. Make no mistake, there is no such thing as a mini or teacup pig. They may breed runt to runt and limit diets to near starvation in order to create the ever smaller pig but this only ensures suffering and health problems for the animal.
While they sometimes do create a smaller pig, the full grown size and weight is nearly impossible to predict. One way to estimate the adult size is to trace lineage however, that is rarely, if ever, available to a pet buyer of small pigs. As Dr. Bruce Lawhorn describes in Teacup Myth, “ The term “teacup” pigs has no strict definition, and it is difficult to make an educated guess of mature size without seeing the parent and grandparents, which is rarely ever possible. Mature size is also heavily influenced by adequate nutrition. In general, when pigs are “selected for smaller size,” in addition to nutritional stunting, many other possible problems of miniature pigs may be magnified. These include hypoglycemia, idiopathic seizures, musculoskeletal deformities, heart disease, cleft palate, atresia ani and reproductive problems such as dystocia and agalactia.
Home pet buyers are promised and sold mini and teacup breeds.
Often these pigs grow beyond the size that an owner can properly care for them. No matter how well intended the pet owner is caring for a pig is demanding and can be overwhelming. The result is overburdened sanctuaries, euthanized animals and suffering pigs. Unethical private breeders get away with false promises since there is little to no regulation of the market.
Tammy is a new pig to our farm. We don’t know her full history but she is likely a victim of out growing her welcome. C&D Family Farms is her third and final family. She will live out her natural life on our farm, her “Forever Home”. She is overweight at the moment but otherwise healthy. C&D is providing a home to Tammy and as many others as possible.
We are hog farmers and we do raise food. It may seem contradictory but we adore and respect the lives of farm animals. We want all animals to live the highest quality of life possible.