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     The Mulefoot pig is the rarest swine in America today. It is classified as "critical" by The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. (fewer than 200 in annual registration). 
 
      We have chosen to contribute to the preservation of this very special breed. Aside from our goal of preservation, the Mulefoot provides a gourmet meat that is highly sought after and difficult to find as it is only present in the heritage breeds of swine. A "rosy-red beefy" color that melts in your mouth. 
 
     When you combine both the paramount meat quality and the exceptional temperament of the Mulefoot, these qualities simply make this breed a joy to own.


 
"...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

The American Mulefoot Hog was widespread in the central region of the USA in the first half of this century. They were a hardy outdoor breed with the normal cloven hooves of a pig fused into a single toe (syndactyl). They were also reputed to be resistant to a number of pig diseases prevalent at the time. By the 1960's vaccines and treatments were available for most pig diseases and the numbers of Mulefoot Hogs declined. By 1985 only one herd remained belonging to a Mr R.M. Holliday in Missouri, USA. He continued to maintain the breed because he believed it had a unique characteristic of hardiness, and because of his own family tradition. Both his father and grandfather had reared this breed of pig on the small river islands in that part of the Mississippi river from which they would harvest the young pigs. Today, as new resistant strains of once controllable diseases begin to emerge there is some renewed interest in the American Mulefoot Hogs to re-evaluate the disease resistance claims. There is also interest in examining the foot structure of the breed to see if it might prevent lameness in commercial pigs reared on concrete floors or slats. However, if it hadn't been for the determination of this one farmer to keep this breed going, these new research opportunities would not be available.

*Reference:   http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/T0559E/T0559E05.htm

 
 
Arie McFarlen and Bret Kortie 
Maveric Heritage Ranch Co.
Have purchased all of Mr Holliday stock, he no longer has any available. The McFarlen's now have the largest herd of purebred Mulefoots in the country.
 
We purchased our foundation stock from Maveric Heritage Ranch.
You can be assured you will receive some of the finest registered
purebred stock in the country today!

 
"Five percent of all highly endangered breeds disappear from the face of the Earth annually--
that comes to an average of more than one a week."

Mulefoot Sows
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The Mulefoot Hoof

Mulefoot description.....
 
Coburn describes Mulefoot hogs as mainly black, with occasional animals having white points; medium flop ears; and a soft hair coat. The hogs were of fairly gentle disposition, fattened quite easily, and weighed from 400-600 pounds at two years of age. They were considered the highest quality "ham hogs" &  and were fed to great weights before slaughter. For some years breeders claimed that Mulefoots were immune to hog cholera. That claim has been disproved, though the breed does seem to posses remarkable hardiness.


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