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In 1823, a red boar, whosernparents were probably taken from England, was obtained by Isaac Frink of Miltonrnin Saratoga, New York. Frink had obtained the boar from a man named HarryrnKelsey. Kelsey owned a famous trotting stallion, named Duroc, and Frink namedrnhis red boar in honor of that horse. That boars progeny continued the Duroc pigrnname and many of his offspring inherited his color, quick growth and maturity,rndeep body, sturdy ham and shoulder, and quiet disposition. Today that pigsrndescendants are called Durocs.

rnrnAt the 1893 Chicago World's Fair,rnDuroc pigs gained wide popularity at the first successful Duroc pig show. Thisrnwas only the beginning of the Duroc pig popularity and success which continuesrntoday. They are now one of the most common breed of pigs in the United States.rnThey are also a major breed in many other countries, especially as a sire or inrnhybrids.
rnrnDurocs have floppy ears andrncan range from a very light golden (almost yellow color) to a very dark redrnthat is like mahogany. 

rnrnThe first organization forrnthe purpose of recording, improving, and supporting Red Hogs was the AmericanrnDuroc-Jersey Association, established in 1883. No other breed of hogs made morernprogress, in terms of numbers recorded, over a period of years. As a result,rnnumerous other recording organizations were formed to accommodate the growth inrnpopularity. In 1934, all the groups were united to form one organization, namedrnthe United Duroc Swine Registry, for the sole purpose of recording andrnpromoting the Duroc pig breed. 

rnrnWhen the U.S. populationrnmoved westward, the Duroc pig and many noted breeders moved west as well. Mostrnof the breed improvement after the formation took place in Ohio, Kentucky,rnIllinois, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. Duroc pigs have become a sire of choicernto the American farmers. The climb of the breed has been accelerated by manyrndistinguished accomplishments in prolificness and longevity in the female line,rnlean gain efficiency, carcass yield, and product quality as a terminal sire.rnThe purebred Duroc pig is distinguished for breed potency in today's picture ofrnpig’s improvement and holds forth inviting promise of future usefulness andrnvalue. 

rnrnDuroc pigs were identified asrna superior genetic source for improving eating qualities of pork in the recentrnNational Pork Producers Council Terminal Sire Line Evaluation. Their advantagernin muscle quality combined with their well-established ability to grow fast hasrnpositioned the Duroc breed as an outstanding breeding choice.


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