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Calicocean Breeder's Association

How we came to name our pigs.

White and Black Piglet

If I say Darla White is an Orca Hog living at the Forge, what do all those names tell someone about that pig? Well currently there are three different naming protocols present in a homesteading hog’s name. Check it out.

Names of Breeds and Sub-Breeds

The name Calicocean came first. It’s simply Calico and Ocean mushed together. That’s what we had - a black and white with wisps of orange (calico) coated hog that was the very efficient descendant of a rare marine pig (ocean). Those pigs are now called Orca Hogs. Tamworth and Orca Hog Their offspring who got fancy names first are the Leopard Hogs and the Sorrel Swine (if those are actually distinct). So, the piglets markings inspired the naming of Sub-breeds this summer, and then we felt the mom’s needed a fancy sub-breed name too – and that’s how it happened.

Personal Names

With each new littering, we proceed to the next letter of the alphabet, and then all litter mates get names starting with that letter. For instance this summers piglets will start with “E”. Edward, Edith, etc, This style of naming is just a fun tradition at Terra Nova Farms.

Family Names

The family names are all colours. It started with the White Sisters and the L’Orange Girls. We had saved three girls from each of two different moms for breeding. One mom was whiter with a bigger mane, and the other more black and more orange. So that was easy.

White Sisters Pigs

Then we got two Tamworth boars – who became Don and Doug - the Brown brothers. Don stayed with the White sisters in the pasture … and Doug (Mr. B) stayed with the L’Orange Girls in the barnyard. Then, there’s the Black Lady too, but we’ll save her story for now. The Black Lady and her possible offspring will be part of the L’Orange clan … for the father of any of her offspring will be Mr. B like the rest of the L’Orange clan.

That may all sound covoluted however … Whites can be bred to L’Oranges because they have completely different (though fairly related) mothers and fathers. Still, we don’t want to breed Whites to Whites or L’Oranges to L’Oranges so much. There are two bloodlines at this stage of our development and that’s how to remember them.