National Geographic Society

  • Connect:

Hog Days of Summer Facts

A pig walking in a pasture.  Pigs are omivores, meaning they are opportunistic eaters.

Pigs are typically raised on farms as livestock. (View larger version)

Photograph by ThinkStock

  • Researchers have found that people in Great Britain have been using/relying on cows for milk for as long as 6,000 years.

  • Cows are split up into different groups, depending on their breeds. Much of the difference between them is what they are able to produce.

  • Michigan is one of the top producers of dairy in the United States.

  • Formal Veterinary care in Europe did not begin until around 1760 despite people using livestock and keeping animals as pets for centuries.

  • Pneumonia occurs relatively often throughout the cattle population.

  • In the 1800s, Farmers Institutes were created to teach farmers more about agriculture.

  • At the beginning of the 21st century, an estimated one half of American horses were used for pleasure riding as opposed to labor or for races.

  • Wild pigs are more active than ever during the nighttime. They are also talented runners and swimmers.

  • It was not until the 1700s that diseases began to spread rapidly through animal populations in the United States.

  • When cattle are bloated, they produce a much lower rate of milk than usual, and they do not gain the weight that is desired.

  • Dogs are used to help people through animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities. They are used for guidance as well as companionship.

  • After humans started to consume animals, more diseases began to occur. It is believed that the measles originated from a virus that cattle experienced.