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About Large Black PigsAbout Large Black Pigs

Large Black Hogs, occasionally called thernDevon or Cornwall Black, are a meet pig, originally from Great Britain,rnparticularly Devon, Cornwall, and Essex.

Large Blacks were developed from local blackrnpig breeds from the West Country and the East of England. With the founding ofrna breed association in 1898 or 1899, variations between the types from the twornareas decreased. The Large Black was popular in the early 1900s and wasrnexported to many areas of the world. They are good foragers which makes them particularlyrnuseful for extensive farming but poor for intensive farming. Population numbersrndeclined after the Second World War as farmers turned to breeds more suitablernto intensive pig farming, and by the 1960s the breed was almost extinct.rnNumbers have slowly risen, but it is still considered vulnerable by the RarernBreeds Survival Trust, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and RarernBreeds Canada.

Perhaps the most important thing about Large Blacks is their pedigree.rnThese are “heritage” hogs. They retain the traits of their ancestors that livedrnon the pastures and woods of England in the 16th and 17th centuries. They arernhardy animals able to handle the cold and heat. They can effectively convertrnpasture into nutrition. They have great mothering ability, good sized litters, andrnlong lives. Despite their large size they are well known as very docile hogs.rnTheir dark coloring makes them more resistant to sunburn. And their micromarbledrnpork is delicious!


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Large Black Hog Association Large Black Hog Association - Largeblackhogassociation.org


The British Pig Association The British Pig Association - www.britishpigs.org.uk


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