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Heritage Pigs as Invasive Species

March 21, 2012, 4:03 pm

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using the state Invasive Species Act to expand its jurisdiction beyond hunting and fishing to farming operations. On April 1, 2012 an Invasive Species Order (ISO) that the DNR issued in December 2010 prohibiting the possession of a number of different breeds of swine will go into effect.

The ban was mainly aimed at private hunting ranches, but a growing number of hog farmers raise heritage breeds. The order allows DNR to seize and destroy heritage breeds of pigs that farmers are raising and the DNR will not compensate farmers whose pigs they destroy.

The wooly Mangalitsa, an old breed of Hungarian pig that was popular in Europe about 100 years ago, is a current favorite among hog farmers and one of the breeds under attack. Mangalitsas were bred for their lard on the Hungarian farms of Archduke Joseph in the 1830s. Herds shrank with the demise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I and declined further with the introduction of fast-growing white pigs and cheap vegetable oils after World War II. They are prized by chefs for their superior flavor.

Bakers Green Acres Farm in Marion, Michigan, a farm that raises Manglitsas, is waging a campaign against the ISO. You can support their efforts by making a donation for expenses. For more info and to donate click HERE. You can also all or email Gov. Snyder or Michigan Dept. of Nat. Resources Director Rodney Stokes to register your support of local pig farmers:


Governor Rick Snyder, State Capitol
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909
Rick.Snyder@michigan.gov
PHONE: (517) 335-7858
FAX:(517) 335-6863

Rodney Stokes, Director, MDNR
P.O. Box 30028
Lansing, MI 48909
STOKESR@michigan.gov
Phone:  517-373-2329
Fax:  517-335-4242

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June 24, 2013 9:25am
Bony @ Danzucht

Thanks for sharing.I truly appreciate your work. Good Going.Keep sharing your views.

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