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Our Breeding Stock- This page is up-to-date as of June 2013. Always more photos and info to come! We are further cutting back on litters in 2013 as we concentrate on strengthening the lines we have chosen to work, which includes the beginnings of developing Samson's offspring into a line that might be useful to other breeders.
We are sad to announce that we made the decision to euthanize Samson on August 9, 2011 due to rapidly declining health. At 18, he was the oldest living guinea hog on record, seconded by Biggers Arthur who made it to 16. We will always miss Samson as he was a large, friendly guinea hog who was his breed's ambassador long before we ever heard of guinea hogs.
R.I.P. SAMSON - Samson (who was 17 years in this picture) had a documented history traced to a Virginia breeder. We had 2 litters by him for the first time in 2009. His genetics will be invaluable in strengthening the bloodlines of the American Guinea Hog. We kept back a nice boar from his very first litter as his replacement and have other offspring. Sammy is shown below. We encourage midwest and west coast breeders to consider one of his offspring.WE ARE TRYING TO MANAGE THIS RARE LINE.
Samson's history - Samson spent most of his life at the Morris Farm Trust in Wiscassett, Maine. Samson and his original mate, Deliliah, were purchased as young piglets from a Virginia breeder by a couple in Maine who subsequently donated the them to the Morris Farm in 1994. At least one litter was born before Deliliah died while farrowing. We do not know where those animals are. Samson was alone ever since with the exception of his many human friends at the farm. Samson was on loan to us for two summers beginning in 2007 and in 2009 made our farm his home to live out his retirement in the company of other hogs. We spent many months building up Samson's strength through a revised diet and large area to roam in a more natural setting. He was very arthritic but gained strength and was quite mobile. Since there were no breedings the first two years, we were afraid that Samson's age and limited mobility were a problem. Happily, all the matings going forward took!
Sullbar VA Samson. Jr. Reg #0311 - SOLD
Sammy was kept back from the very first Samson litter born here in 2009. Even at 8 weeks old, he showed some conformational characteristics that appealed to us. He seemed just a bit longer and had great hams at that age. We never quite knew what his father, Samson's, conformation was like as he came to us severely arthritic and is sort of "curled up". We were delighted to see that we made a good choice! Note the very different face. Samson (Sammy's father) was DNA tested and was discovered to be a distinct line of guinea hog. Sammy sheds out completely every year - a unique trait.
May 2013. Sammy was sold to another NH farm so we could introduce a different Samson boar into our breeding program.
Udder Hope Matt (Eddie) Reg #2381 - DOB 7/25/2012
Eddie is the newest edition to our farm and arrived here in early October 2012. Bred by one of our earlier guinea hog customers, Eddie's sow had been bred to a Samson son here last year and, in our opinion, it is time to "breed out a bit" while keeping Samson in the mix. Eddie has a wonderful personality and is developing the body type of Samson with good bone, well-defined hams and he is blue black with a Mohawk! He was bred with Lucy, and his good nature and calm demeanor was passed along to his first litter as were the great hams they both have! Eddy photos to come!
"George", as we called him, was influential in our breeding program and is in the lineage of many, many piglets that left here. He was sold but we like to keep his ALBC winning photo here for anyone who is interested in what he looked like.
We added Little Girl to our 2009 breeding program. She is a strong Nebraska line hog and sports the shaggier ears of some of those hogs. We purchased Little Girl from the Beardsley Zoo in CT. She was bred to Samson and had her first litter of 8 healthy piglets in 2009. She has been bred to Samson's son, Sammy, for March 2013 piglets. Strengthen your Nebraska lines! Little Girl is extremely friendly (she has to sleep on your foot), as she was bottle fed and handled daily by her early keepers. Little Girl was sold to a NH farm along with Sammy in May 2013. She is friendly and a fabulous sow!
Sullbar VA Hayley - Registration #1388 - DOB 11/30/2009
Hayley is four years old and had a litter of 8 this spring. She is not as fat as she looks in the photo - she was due any day. Hayley is 50% Samson and Setty and was bred to Sammy. She is a good sized sow with good mothering skills. She utilizes food well and fattens VERY easily. See Hayley and one of her litters in the video. Hayley is the larger sow with the younger piglets.
Sullbar VA Lucy Reg. #1737 - DOB 7/27/2011
Lucy is one of our prized young sows. She is a Samson daughter that has the characteristics we are looking for. She is tall, long and has great hams. Rather than the red highlights of many guinea hogs, she is blue black like her dad was and sports the Mohawk. She is lively and very talkative.
The photo above shows Lucy with her mother. Lucy was just a year old in this picture. See the difference in leg bone length and width? This is the "heavy" boned guinea hog you read about. Lucy inherited her "good looks" from her dad, Samson.
Below see photos of Samson, Sammy and other Samson offspring and the distinct differences the Baylis VA hogs can have. Once we starting to see the body type of many of Samson's babies, we understood what the small-boned and large-boned description we've always read about meant. We are attempting to capture the Samson characteristics in our pigs. We have only one sow that has inherited his body type. They are a taller, heavier boned animal with very distinct hams, a longer snout and longer, straight hair. The distinctive Mohawk stands up when excited (about food or a rendezvous!). They tend to comlpetely shed out in the spring and have a full coat back by August. They are also a livelier hog that trots, rather than walks, everywhere.
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