About Belgian Landrace Pigs
Belgian Landrace is a muscular white breed with heavy drooping ears. They are
known as “the butcher’s pig” one of the most commonly used breeds of pork for
the consumer market. The Belgian Landrace can be described as a very practical
type of breed with good fertility, sound body mechanics, and are good mothers with
plenty of milk for their piglets.
Belgian Landrace has met the demands of producing top quality fresh pork for
the consumer marketplace. The breed has also sparked interest from other
countries with similar goals in crossbred swine production.
Landrace breed's development began in the late 1920's, with the native Landrace
type, which sought to improve their short fat and poorly muscled traits. In the
early 1930's, the German Landrace was introduced and crossed with the native
stock. The German stock that was introduced was said to have had an infusion of
British Large White. About a decade later, the Dutch Landrace breed were
imported and crossed with the Belgian Landrace to boost fertility,
constitutions, stature, and add a faster rate of growth to the breed.
Producing a very high quality of fresh, lean meat
with minimum fat cover is the number one goal in Belgium. Most pork is marketed
to consumers as fresh pork rather than as cured or processed meats. Overall,
Belgium continues to test their swine and monitor production very carefully
while striving to improve quality. This breed is an excellent example of
selection and crossbreeding that consistently produces top quality fresh pork.