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The Large White is arnbreed of domestic pig originating in Yorkshire. They are one of the most commonrnpig breeds. Large Whites in the US are referred to as American Yorkshires, orrnjust Yorkshires.

rnrnAs onernwould expect Large Whites are large and white. They have erect ears and arndished face.

rnrnThey were originally developedrnas an outdoor breed, but today they are favored by commercial pig breeders.

rnrnFirst recognized in 1868, the Large White was one of thernoriginal founder breeds of the NationalrnPig Breeders' Association (nowrnknown as the British PigrnAssociation) and the firstrnherdbook was published in 1884. The early history of the breed in Yorkshire isrndifficult to trace. The huge, coarse-boned and leggy white pigs of the regionrnwere crossed with other breeds.

rnrnBefore the end of the 19th Century, British Large Whites hadrnalready establishing themselves all over the world. Innovative pedigreernbreeders were exporting breeding stock as far as Australia, Argentina, Canadarnand Russia as well as most countries in Europe.

rnrnThe Large White has proved itself as a rugged and hardy breedrnthat can withstand variations in climate and other environmental factors. Theirrnability to cross with and improve other breeds has given them a leading role inrncommercial pig production systems and breeding pyramids around the world.

rnrnIn the early 1970s the development of modern performance testingrnprograms led to an increase in world-wide demand for Large White breeding stockrnfrom the United Kingdom. From 1970 to 1973 more than 8,500 pedigree LargernWhites were exported to all parts of the world. In the early 1990s, the switchrnin the USA from payment on live weight to payment on lean meat percentage ledrnto another great wave of exports of Large White genetics from Britain. 

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