About Yorkshire Pigs
Yorkshire pigs are one of
the most common pig breed in North America. They are white and have upright
ears. Black spots are not permitted. While the Yorkshire breed comes in three
distinct sizes -- small, medium and large -- only the latter is traditionally
found in the American pork industry. They are an extremely muscular pig and the
typical Yorkshire carcass contains a great deal of lean meat, with little fat
on the back.
The Yorkshire breed was
in 1761. In 1830, the first Yorkshires were imported to Ohio; however, they
have a slow growth rate, which made them less popular until the late 1940s. In
the 1940’s the focus of the pork industry became more focused on size and many
large Yorkshires were imported from Canada and England. The breed then improved rapidly through the selection
of imported pigs.
Today, Yorkshire pigs are found in nearly every American state, with the
highest populations in Illinois,Indiana,Iowa,Nebraska, and Ohio.