PIG-A-SUS Homestead

March 1st

Pig Day

Since 1972, March 1st is National Pig Day and is dedicated to the celebration of the beloved pig. This holiday is celebrated on March 1st every year in most parts of the Midwest of the United States.

National Pig Day includes events at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. It is also recognized at “pig parties” where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees in the pigs’ honor.

This holiday’s purpose is to honor a domesticated livestock species that is considered to be one of the most intellectual and important species.

Fun Facts About Pigs

Yep—unlike humans, pigs don’t have sweat glands! To keep themselves cool, they simply enjoy a good roll in the mud. Makes you wonder why the term, “sweat like a pig” is even a thing, right?
You may already know that pigs are one of the most intelligent animals, but pigs aren’t only smarter than dogs, cats, and some primates—no, no—they have a higher mental capacity than 3-year-old human kids!
Think pigs are filthy? Well, think again! Aside from having an outstanding level of intelligence, they’re known to be incredibly hygienic. When given the choice, pigs will refuse to go number 2 in their living and eating area. A study  even found that pigs will wash dirty food when they can!
We’re not the only species that sing lullabies to babies—pigs do, too! You see, baby pigs can recognize their mama’s voice, and like a human baby, they find comfort in hearing it. So when nursing, mama pigs sometimes sing a little lullaby to help her piglets sleep.
Believe it or not, but pigs talk to each other a lot, and no, they don’t just say “oink”. Over 20 different vocalizations have been identified so far, each one with a specific meaning—from a simple greeting to wooing a mate to “Hey human, where’s the grub?”.
If there’s an animal that needs glasses, it’s pigs! Aside from only being able to see certain colors, they also have really bad short-range vision and a limited ability to visually focus.
They may have poor eyesight, but they make up for it with their excellent sense of smell. They’re capable of detecting scents5 to 7 miles away and up to 25 feet underground! That’s why they’re traditionally used to sniff out truffles.
Nope, we’re not kidding. The noise level of jet engines reaches up to 112 decibels, but pigs can top that and produce squeals as loud as 115 decibels!

Get To
Know Us

Pigs just always seem to be associated with negative things. A dirty room is often likened to a “pigsty”, and when you sweat more than normal, someone would most likely tell you that you’re “sweating like a pig”. However, once you get to know our porcine friends a little bit more, you’ll see that being called a “pig” isn’t too bad after all.