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HerefordrnPigs, or Hereford Hogs, are rare variety of meat pigs that are similar in coloration tornHereford cattle. They originated in the United States and where developed from Duroc,rnPoland China, and perhaps some Chester White, or Hampshire pigs. They werernfirst developed from 1920 to 1925, and by 1934 the official Hereford registryrnwas opened.

rnrnThey are hardy animals suitedrnfor eitherextensive or intensive production.rnThey have a docile temperament, and are well suited to use in4-H and similar programs. They are a mediumrnto large swine breed, and they generally weigh 200 to 250 pounds (90 to 110 kg)rnat five or six months of age. Mature sows weigh about 600 pounds (270 kg)rnand boars about 800 pounds (360 kg).

rnrnHereford Pigs have always beenrnmost popular in the Midwestern United States, especially Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.rnThey grew in numbers into the mid-20th century. But by the 1960s most ranchersrnstopped raising them because of a shift in preference by commercial porkrnoperations away from purebred hogs, and towards hybrids. Today only aroundrn2,000 breeding Hereford Pigs remain.


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Certifies Pedigreed Swine Certifies Pedigreed Swine - www.cpsswine.com


National Hereford Hog Association - www.nationalherefordhogassociation.com


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