Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Being a Runt Ain’t So Bad

By Guest Blogger Peety the Pig
Follow Peety on Twitter & Instagram @peetythepig

1. Less is more. At birth, I weighed in at 18 oz, while all my brothers and sisters were around 2½ pounds. I’m light and ready to go places!

2. You try getting a little privacy with 35 piglets running around! But CIA students built me my own small pen, complete with heating pad and straw that smells like mom.

3. Feeding frenzy! It’s a mad dash at meal time and we’re hungry ALL THE TIME!! But you won’t see me wrestling with the pack. I prefer to dine in style. I’m hand-fed every three hours.

4. And the best part? My best friend, Brody! We never would have met if I didn’t need all that extra TLC. We play tag a lot. I can’t catch him….yet.

The Culinary Institute of America is raising Red Wattle Hogs as part of the American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking Concentration. Red Wattle Hogs are on the endangered list according to the Conservation Priority List (CPL). One of the reasons we have chosen this breed is to help provide genetically pure breeders to other interested farmers.


  1. Adorable! Please don't ever eat Peety! He can live his life out at my place in the country with my pet goats and mini-donkeys if need be!

    1. Don't worry, Naomi! Peety has been declared the official CIA farm mascot. She will never be harvested.