Red Wattles are a heritage breed of hog that still remain on the threatened list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.  They have a reputation for having lean flavorful meat. They are mellow, easy to handle, and hardy enough to thrive in outdoor facilities. Even in colder climates.


We specialize in selling weaned feeder pigs and quality breeding stock. We do however raise pigs to market weight and will gladly raise one for you if you have neither the time or space.




Their hardy attributes allow the red wattles to thrive outside on pasture without suffering leg or other injuries.  This is especially important since our animals are raised outside. we want an animal that requires little in the form of extra maintenance.

  • It is our experience that this breed, in general, is tame and easy to handle.
  • sows have the ability to farrow and raise large litters of healthy vigorous piglets on their own until weaned.
  • While we generally expect some layover, sows are very attentive to their young and move carefully about their piglets to avoid stepping on them or laying on and crushing them. We have never lost a piglet to crushing after the first two days, unlike other breeds we have raised in the past.
  • They are comparable to reaching market weight alongside their commercial counterparts.
  • Their meat is of excellent quality. Red Wattle Pork is, at the very least, far beyond what you would purchase at the store.  Past customers have told us that they can never go back, and that red wattle is the best they've ever had. We would agree with that!


 We don't sell any breeding stock that we wouldn't keep ourselves.

  • Large Birth Weights: Research shows that birth weight is a major contributing factor for a quality, fast growing, animal.
  • Vigorous and Healthy Attitudes: We want to see bright eyes, healthy hair coats, and an active attitude.
  • Sound Feet: Freely moving, athletic animals are a must, especially when it comes to boars and their breeding performance.
  • Good Length and well formed underlines: Important in both a boar and gilt. We want to see at least 12 well-formed teats on all breeding animals.

                                Sow                                                                 Boar

Welcome to Idle River Farms!

We raise crops and livestock here in Southern Michigan. Please see our 'for sale' page for expected farrowing dates as well individual animals that are up for sale from time to time.

The goal on our farm is to keep production up and stress levels down. Our animals are raised naturally, outside, in the fresh air.  We are not certified organic; however, we do grow our own non-GMO corn, and our feed does not contain hormones or antibiotics.  We want our animals to work for us without unnecessary, unhealthy additives.

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