Large Black Piglet
The Large Black is a rare breed of pig that is on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust vulnerable watchlist. The Large Black is a hardy breed able to cope with most conditions. The black skin makes the breed very good at coping with sunburn and a popular choice in hotter climates. Average Litter Size is around 8.56 piglets- (2009 data) and the breed has good maternal instincts. The Large Black is a very docile breed that can be enclosed using a two strand electric fencing system. Despite the breed’s size handling is not a problem. The breed kills out white and there is no black rind on bacon joints. The Large Black is Britain’s only all black breed of pig. The origin of the breed is reputed to be that in the 18th century two boatloads of all black pigs from China docked in Cornwall and East Anglia and were used to breed with the local pigs. The breed also has its origins in the Old English Hog of the 16th and 17th centuries. A focus on the Large White, the Landrace and the Welsh breeds for commercial production affected the Large Black population and when the RBST was founded in 1973 the breed was on the Critical list.
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