About Mukota Pigs
Pigs, also known as the Rhodesian Indigenous or Zimbabwe Indigenous
pigs, are primarily found in Zimbabwe,
but they also are found in Mozambique and Zambia.
pigs are black, hardy in the tropics, resistant to disease and poor nutrition,
and require little water (6 liters per week). They fall into two broad classes.
One is short and fat, with a short snout resembling that of the Chinese Lard
pig. The other resembles the Windsnyer (Wind cutter) pigs, with long snout and
are believed to have been introduced in the 17th century Europe and China trade
and are named after the Mukota region of northeastern Zimbabwe.
follows an annual rhythm with peak farrowing in the early rainy season
(October/November). Age at first litter ranges from 6 to 12 months, with mean
litter size between 6.5 and 7.5. Carcass yield is about 30% less than from the
exoticLarge White pig, but is
considered tasty and sweet.
pigs show moderate parasite tolerance and are less prone than imported
varieties to internal parasites within commercial agriculture.