The Ankamali is a rare and ancient breed of pig native to the Indian state of Kerala. The origin of the breed is unknown, but it is believed to have been in existence since at least the 4th century A.D.
Ankamali pigs are medium-sized animals, typically with a broad, muscular frame and short legs. They range in colour from black to light gray with occasional stripes of white or cream. These pigs are well adapted for the tropical wet climate of Kerala, and have an even coat that is both dense and shiny.
Ankamali pigs are very docile and are well-suited to being kept as pets. They are also very hardy and can thrive in many climates. They are excellent foragers and can thrive on a variety of forages including fallen fruit, grains, roots, shoots and even insects. As a result, they are an excellent choice for subsistence farming.
Ankamali pigs are known for their high fertility rate and can have litters of up to six piglets per litter. These pigs have a unique reproductive cycle, with a 15-day estrous cycle, a 45-day gestation period and a four-week lactation period. The Ankamali is also known for its fast growth rate, reaching an average weight of 110-170 pounds within five months.
The Ankamali is very hardy and disease-resistant. This is likely due to its long history of living in a tropical climate and its adaptation to local forage. As a result, it is fairly easy to keep this breed healthy with minimal veterinary care.
The Ankamali is not a particularly productive breed of pig, but pigs from this breed can produce some very good quality meat. The meat is lean and the fat is evenly distributed throughout the carcass. The resulting flavor is often described as being mild and delicate.
The Ankamali is an intelligent pig, and they are capable of learning a variety of tricks. They are also very social animals and do well in groups, although they can become very destructive if left alone for extended periods of time.
The Ankamali has long been a part of Kerala’s cultural history and is still widely kept for both meat and pet purposes. Although still fairly rare, this breed is slowly making a comeback in Kerala and other parts of India.