Large Black Hogs
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Maximus Pig is a Large Black Heritage breed.
"The Large Black pig is native to Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset in southwestern England. Originally known as the Lop Eared Black, the breed was selected for large size and efficiency of production on pasture and other forages. The Large Black gained popularity rapidly during the last half of the 1800s, and it was one of the most numerous of the English pig breeds in 1900. A breed association was formed in 1898.
The Large Black was used in small scale production of both pork and bacon. It was also valued for commercial crossing, primarily with the Large White breed (called Yorkshire in the United States). This cross yielded great hybrid vigor, and it was well regarded commercially.
The breed's popularity peaked during the 1920s, and the Large Black was exported to several other countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. After World War II, however, the shift toward intensive husbandry of pigs led to the decline of outdoor breeds that were not competitive indoors. The Large Black nearly became extinct during the 1960s, and it remains one of the rarest British pig breeds. In 1973 the breed was put on Rare Breed Survival Trust's critically endangered livestock list.
As its name implies, the breed is large framed and solid black. Lop ears fall forward over its face, and while they are an impediment to sight, they protect the eyes from damage while the pig is rooting and foraging. The Large Black is best known for its foraging abilities and its maternal qualities. Large Black sows are able to raise and wean large litters of piglets out of doors, and these survival characteristics give it genetic value. It is important to recognize that obesity in females can result in cystic ovaries and may cause a fall off in fertility. The size of the jowl is often a good indicator of obesity for the breed and can be used to monitor condition in the animals. Mature boars weigh 700-800 lbs (318-363 kg) and sows reach 600-700 lbs (272-318 kg) as an adult.
Because of the increased interest in pasture raised pork by consumers, Large Black hogs are beginning to be recognized as a great choice in pastured management systems. According to the Large Black Pig Breeders Club in the UK, the number of breeders rose from 114 in 2004 to 144 in 2007. In the US there are approximately 300 breeding Large Black hogs as of 2008."
Large Black Hog Association, Felicia Krock 16383 County Road 75, Kenton, Ohio 43326 (937) 464-9969 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.largeblackhogassociation.org
Max came to us from Salt of the Earth Farm.
Where they breed rare heritage farm animals
that are on the
American Livestock Breeds Consverancy's
These animals are pasture based, grass fed and free of antibiotics...
and spoiled rotten.
The Tamworth is an English breed of hog that was of distinctly bacon-type.
"The first Tamworths were brought to the United States in 1882 by Thomas Bennett of Rossville, Illinois. During the next five years many other Tamworths were imported into Canada, and hogs from the Canadian importations and others from England have found their way into the United States. The Tamworth, like the Yorkshire, was slower in becoming as popular with the American hog producer as the thicker breeds, although there have been some strong advocates of the breed. Major interest in the Tamworth has usually been confined to those periods when packers were emphasizing greater amounts of lean meat in the carcass rather than excess lard production.
Tamworth are very deep-sided hogs and are uniform in their depth of side. They carry a strong, uniform arch of back, and while not as wide of back as hogs of the thicker breeds, they do have a very muscular top and a long rump. The ham is muscular and firm although it lacks the size and bulk found in most other breeds.
The head of the Tamworth is rather striking as compared with that of many other hogs in that it is long and has a snout that is moderately long and quite straight. When seen from the side, the face usually has a very slight suggestion of a dish. The ears are of medium size and should be carried erect. The Tamworth has a very practical red coat. The color may vary from a golden red to a dark red.
The Tamworth is a rugged, thrifty, very active breed of swine that is favored by many persons who are interested in raising a lean-type hog. The sows, like those of the Yorkshire breed, are excellent mothers and do a good job of suckling their litters. The Tamworth is an extremely high-quality breed and is the most active breed of swine that we have in America. People who particularly want hogs that will rustle behind cattle or harvest or salvage crops sometimes prefer Tamworths. The Tamworth has the reputation of producing the best bacon of any of our breeds and is uniform in type. It is one of the most prepotent of the breeds in fixing its type of offspring."
Briggs, Hilton M. 1969. Modern Breeds of Livestock. Third Edition, MacMillan Company
Briggs, Hilton M. 1983. International Pig Breed Encyclopedia. Elanco Animal Health
Lily came to us from the
O'Brien Heritage Farm
in New York.
O'Brien Heritage Farm is located in beautiful Wilson, New York. They are a small family farm raising heritage breed pigs and chickens. Their goal is to provide healthy, happy grass fed animals for your table.
Daphne and Velma came to us from
Lane's End Farms
in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
The goal at Lane's End Farm is to raise their animals in a natural and healthy environment. They practice pasture-based management with rotational grazing whenever possible, and they keep a wide variety of animals together whenever possible to reap the benefits of a multi-species community. They raise Large Black Hogs and hair sheep as well as Midget White turkeys, Cayuga ducks, Brown Asian geese, and a variety of chickens for eggs and meat. Their farm has grown quickly, and they are hoping to add Dexter cattle in the next year or two.