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.
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!