Certain characteristics make a pig what it is and the Idaho Pasture Pigs are no exception. The Idaho Pasture Pig Registry is dedicated to promoting this breed to it's full potential and the breed standard is an important part.
One of the main qualities that we look for in the Idaho Pasture Pigs is an overall good disposition and a non-aggressive behavior. The overall conformation of the Idaho Pasture Pig should be a well proportioned pig with: a medium width in the leg set, a wide back, noticeable shoulders, developed hams, and a overall, nicely proportioned head with a short - medium upturned snout. Sows should mature at 250 - 300 pounds and the boars should mature at 300 - 400 pounds.
The Idaho Pasture pigs may or may not have wattles, they may have upright or floppy ears, and have varied color patterns.
The pigs will vary slightly and we have tried to provide some good and bad examples of both body type and head/snout conformation in the pictures below. Please be patient as we get more pictures added:
This is an absolutely perfect picture depicting the short, upturned snout that fits her overall head shape and conformation. Again - not all pigs are exactly the same, but this is what we strive for in our Idaho Pasture Pigs.
Please note the up-turned end of her snout. This is a major component in getting a good grazing pig. Pigs with straight snouts at the end of their nose are more likely to root and Idaho Pasture Pigs are NOT meant to be rooting pigs. We want to preserve this breed to it's highest standard!
This is another picture of a pig with a Great head and a overall Perfect build. You will note his nicely proportioned chest and shoulders with the rest of his body as well as the good definition of his butt muscle. His head is portioned very well and again he has the shorter, upturned snout with the nose that compliments his head.
This is another picture of a pig we strive to achieve!
Here is a picture of a piglet from the front, so you can see the overall good width of the nose going from the head to the snout. It is a little difficult to tell in this view, but again this piglet has a nice upturned snout at the end also. You can also note the definition of the shoulder and chest as well as the butt muscles. It is more difficult to tell how your piglets will turn out right at birth, but by 4 - 6 weeks old you can really start to tell the overall conformation of their body shape as well as the face and head. If you have a snout that is too narrow and doesn't compliment the head at 8 weeks old, it is rarely going to change at this point. This isn't to say it doesn't happen and each year we personally have one or two that we hold onto for about 3 months to give them time to mature into themselves before we make a determination, but usually by 4 - 6 weeks you will have a good idea. If you aren't sure, then we don't recommend selling them as breeding quality!