About Australian Yorkshire Pigs
Originally from Yorkshire England, the Australian Yorkshires
are derived from the original English breed of domesticated pig. This particular breed is also known as the most common
breed in Australia.
In 2001, a study was conducted at the Institute of
Agricultural Sciences of South Vietnam that
compared to the Australian Yorkshire and the Duroc and to common Vietnamese pigs. It concluded that
the Australian breeds had "significant advantage over Vietnamese breeds in
growth, efficiency and carcass lean and in littering performance."
The Australian Yorkshire is
marketed globally, with special modifications being made for Asian markets. For
example, Australian Yorkshires supplied by
Australian Pork Limited was opened to specifically
change the diet of the pigs to please consumers in Singapore. The pigs sold in
Singapore were fed barley grains and soy beans, rather than whey powder, as the whey powder gave
the pig meat a milky taste that was not well received by most Asians.