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Micro pigs - the ultimate sweetheart energy saver

Published 07th October 2009 - 28 comments - 73535 views -

You don`t need money for recycling, storing of trash in the cans in the gardens or under the sink. You don`t need expensive machines for cutting the rests of the food at home. You love animals?

So if the answer is yes to all of the above questions, you just need the latest London hit on the pets market – a micro pig.

No, we don`t speak for steak's cooking.

We speak about modern, living, totally bio-friendly vacuum-cleaner. It works just like a microprocessor – it`s quiet, low maintenance, don`t need much space and its latest model spends energy. Actually it doesn`t consume any electricity, all it needs is some sunlight.

The micro pig lives for up to 18 years long, you don’t need to clean a lot after the tiny animal, which doesn’t have a lot of hair. Also it`s great for people with allergies, because the pigs skin is very near to the human ones. They don`t need long walks, all they need is love.

Micro pigs rule the pets market from Lucy Setian on Vimeo.

Micro pigs are much smaller than a standard farm pig and when they are born they have the size of a tea cup. You can have a tea cup with a pig decorating your home and doing it greener.

They are also highly intelligent and are the fourth most intelligent species after man, monkey and dolphin. Of course you need a one time investment for about £195 to £700. Right now I`m planning a micro pig trip to UK!

“I like pigs.

Dogs look up to us.

Cats look down on us.

Pigs treat us as equals.”

by Winston Churchill



Category: Agriculture, Alternative Energies, | Tags: micro pigs, pets, animals, ecology, house waste, recycling,


A. S. on 07th October 2009:

It is funny, and in a same time really cool and costeffective home cleaning decision…..! In the same time the children will become more carefull and woll grow with love to the animals!

Lea on 07th October 2009:

Cool idea! Hah

Mike on 07th October 2009:

Are you nuts? Just think of the methane that thing puts out!


I can vouch for their effectiveness, I mean, just look at what happened to Egypt after they slaughtered their pigs in fear of swine flu.

Bo on 07th October 2009:

Haha..that’s what I call a weird pet and even more weird “green” innovation!! :D

Lucy Setian on 07th October 2009:

Dear Mike, here what can I explain about the topic.

ABC NEWS: Pig poo methane to generate power

A pig farmer near Donald, in south-west Victoria, plans to cut the running costs of his desalinator with the help of pig effluent.

Robert Adams’ plan is to use methane from the stored poo to generate power.

He says the “biogas recovery unit” will reduce the extra $10,000 a year he is spending on electricity for desalination.

“From the research that we’ve done and looking at it, I’d have quite a few tanks set up to do this recovery system,” he said.

“It should provide a bit to reduce emissions to the atmosphere of course, certainly cuts down on the amount of gas floating around and reduces the smell around the house too.

Pig manure

The first private effort to produce bio-gas in a controlled way, and in quantity, was by a South African pig farmer (L. John Fry, R.A.F. Ret’d). He was driven to it by desperation: pigs produce a river of excreta (fifteen times as much as humans of the same weight); it is notoriously smelly, driving neighbours past endurance and leading to visits by the police; finally, flies love the nourishing stuff and breed in it.
The daily excreta from 46 pigs will yield methane with an energy content equal to one gallon of petrol.) So the 4000 pigs on the Isle of Man add up to a petrol output of 87 gallons per day—not much for the Island as a whole, but quite a lot for the pig farmers.

Extracting methane gas from pig manure

Absolutely. Pig manure is excellent feedstock for an anaerobic digester. Pig manure does not start out with much methane to extract, but the bacteria already housed in the manure are capable of generating plenty of methane. As a result, methane is not extracted as much as it is merely collected.

There are two major justifications for developing methane energy: 1) methane, and 2) energy.

There is plenty of energy potential in pig manure. Of the 300 million tons of methane that we generate each year, about one fourth is from domestic animals. Most of the methane from domestic animals, about two thirds, is generated during enteric fermentation and immediately lost to the atmosphere from one end or the other of the animal. It would be inconvenient for you to try and collect the gas generated by enteric fermentation, and it would certainly be uncomfortable for your animals. That leaves about 25 million tons of methane generated each year from the anaerobic fermentation of domestic animal manure after it leaves the animal.

The methane generated by the manure fermentation of five pigs is enough to cook three hot meals each day for an average family. The easiest digesters to design are horizontal, plug flow reactors. Fifty feet of 36” culvert pipe laid flat makes a good starting point. Manure is fed into one end, finished fertilizer is drawn from the other, and natural gas rich in methane is collected from the top. I have simplified the description considerably for illustration purposes, please don’t consider this a complete design. If you are going to use the gas for indoor cooking, I would suggest a simple gas scrubber such as a drum full of crushed limestone. If you plan to run this process during cold weather, you may find that it takes more energy than you can extract, just to heat the system up to a comfortable temperature for the bacteria (they prefer something around the body temperature of the pig). With no net energy gain, or a possible loss, you can see why these systems aren’t in use on every farm yet.

See also:

Cheer up. Pigs are on our side!

Mike on 07th October 2009:

I can absolutely guarantee that shit-powered engines are a pipe-dream.

Ignoring your own admission that the process uses more energy than it extracts (not to mention transport losses), the energy cost of producing your “biogas recovery unit” would be orders of magnitude greater than any amount of energy that could ever be possibly garnered from it.

Methane levels in the atmosphere have been stable for most of the decade.

Daniel on 08th October 2009:

Yes! I feel stupid everytime I peel a potatoe and must throw the peels away, when I know they could feed an animal. But where does it shit? Can you teach it to do it in a special place like a dog?

Adela on 08th October 2009:

Hehe, quite an idea!

@Daniel, I think you can, I actually know a guy who has a pet pig (the common breed here)& has no problems in taking the pig outside 2 times/day for this specific purpose.

Lucy Setian on 08th October 2009:

LOL! Does he live near Bulgaria???

Adela on 08th October 2009:

Not really. From where I live, it takes me a ~2h drive up North to him & ~8-9h drive South to Ruse(the Bulgarian border).

But I think I know (well sort of) another one, who’s quite famous. Didn’t George Clooney’s have a pet pig, too?

Lucy Setian on 08th October 2009:

Rupert Grint, who plays Ron in the Harry Potter, is the proud owner of two teacup pigs wink)
Clooney`s pig died, I think…I read something about it.

nikkin on 09th October 2009:

I need a micro-cow to fill the cup with milk every morning :D

Kahlii on 11th October 2009:

Can you get a micro pig in Australia? are there any australian micro pig breeders?
and what is roughly the price of an micro pig in australian dollars?

Dawn on 14th October 2009:

Can micro pigs be bought in Australia? Are there any breeders here? Or would it be possible to have them brought over here if quarantined?

Lucy Setian on 15th October 2009:

Well, I don`t think that they breed them for such long trips - from UK to Australia. But maybe they can start doing that. There are quite few such breeders, maybe in the States too. I was asking the same question about having such one pet in Bulgaria…At least it is closer smile)

DavidHustMusic on 17th October 2009:

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Lucy Setian on 31st October 2009:

Thanks to all for the opinions, I`ll be happy to read more of them:)

Lara on 04th November 2009:

Look who’s just joined in…—micro-pigs.html

I’ve got a funny feeling we’ll soon be seeing a lot more of them!

Lucy Setian on 04th November 2009:

Lol, if it continues that way, we might think for opening a micro-pig thinkers FB group smile)

Lucy Setian on 08th November 2009:

Here are news about Australian micro pigs farm:

Lisa on 17th November 2009:

why are they so small?

Lucy Setian on 17th November 2009:

Unfort. the explanation is not that sweet:

A mature pig will be approximately 13-20 inches tall, will an average weight being 130-150 pounds, but can range in size from 90 – 175. Overeating/overfeeding can lead to obesity in your pig, resulting in a weight well over 200 pounds.

There is no such thing as a “miniature pig” or a “tea-cup pig”. These are genetically bred animals to reduce the size. Do your research about the breeder before purchasing from someone who claims that they breed “miniatures”, etc. Most likely these are disreputable breeders with pigs that will likely show signs of inbreeding and genetic defect as they age leading to an unhealthy, pain ridden pet.

And more: How much does an adult potbellied pig weigh? The original pigs brought to the United States in 1985 matured at over 200 pounds.  Pigs, a Handbook of the Breeds of the World by Valerie Porter (copyright 1993, Cornell) states that Vietnamese potbellied pigs wiegh 90-100 kg (198-220 lbs.) Although potbellied pig breeders have tried to breed down the weight and size of potbellied pigs, the vast majority still weigh an average of 125 lbs. Some breeders have developed a strain of “micro-minis” which average between 9-11 lbs. at nine months of age; however, we have never heard of one of these pigs living past eighteen months of age.

ACCORDING TO The British Kune Kune Pig Society

With the current climate of media attention and ever growing popularity for pet pigs advertised as mini, micro, miniature and teacup pigs, the BKKPS committee has prepared this statement to clear up confusion and help educate prospective pig owners in their search for pet pigs.

As a society we are regularly contacted by people who have bought a ‘tiny’ pig, that has grown to an unexpected size.

There is no breed of pig called the mini, micro, miniature or teacup pig.

These words can conjure an incorrect image in the minds of those who are not familiar with the sizes of pig breeds.

The smallest breed of domesticated pig in the world is the Kunekune. However, it is not the size of the kunekune breed that makes it most suitable as a pet - it is the personality, temperament and ease of management honed over hundreds of years and countless generations.

There are varying sizes of Kunekune across the breed and indeed at times one sees very large Kunes as well as some slightly smaller ones. The breed standard states that Kunekunes should measure between 24 and 30” at the shoulder at full grown. Full grown height is not usually reached until the pig is at least two years of age.

Kunekune piglets are very tiny at birth and are still very tiny when weaned and this may be misleading to a novice pig keeper. The ‘runt’ or the tiny pig of the litter who does not do as well as the others will eventually reach the same size as his siblings, albeit, he may take longer to reach that size. Similarly mating 2 runts together may result in smaller piglets at birth, but these piglets are just as likely to grow to their full genetic potential as others.

Pigs that are the result of cross-breeding programmes have not been classed as a breed as they do not have a documented lineage controlling the pedigree bloodline. As a result of this genetic make up, pigs bred in this way will not breed ‘true’ to a type and therefore cannot be guaranteed to grow to, or stay at a particular size or type. Any individual pig may contain stronger physical and behavioural characteristics from their mixed heritage resulting in unexpected characteristics or growth patterns that may not be exhibited at birth.

We as a society, do not agree with keeping pigs as house pets, as it clearly states in the guide to keeping Kunekunes on this website that a minimum of half an acre of grazing is required for two pigs and that pigs should be kept in groups of two or more as they are a herd animal.

If you are searching for a pet pig a responsible breeder will always be happy to show you all their stock and answer questions before taking deposits. Do not assume that a pig photographed at just a few days old will remain small after two or three years.

Use common sense, ask questions, ask for details of other pigs sold by the breeder in order that you may see the ‘finished product’, and above all, consider the long term commitment and responsibility of owning pigs.

And here: Potbellied pigs are naturally small. By selectively breeding smaller pigs, the resulting offspring will eventually become smaller. Potbellied pig breeders are involved in this long, arduous process and in due time there may be an actual miniature potbellied pig. (“NORTH AMERICAN POTBELLIED PIG ASSOCIATION NEWS” Behavior and Care What Is A Mirco-Mini Pig? by Nancy Shepherd)

Lucy Setian on 17th November 2009:

See here:

Lisa Bruce on 19th November 2009:

Ahh, so they are basically interbread?
Thank you for the information.
My friend and I are having an argument in maths, i say that owning “tea cup pigs” is cruel and that they’re not right! she says that they’re so cute and she wants one as a pet.  some how i dont think this is an argument that i will win. However, am i right? is breeding these pigs cruel?

Lucy Setian on 19th November 2009:

There are many points. However, I cannot judge.

ukmicropgis on 29th January 2010:

If you would like any further information, pictures or videos on micro pigs then please visit Ideal for pig enthusiasts and also for people who are not yet sure whether a micropig is for them. Thanks ukmicropigs

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