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Despite offering just the same sort of ownership opportunities, plus all the advantages of top-quality, flavoursome meat, breeds such as the British Landrace, British Lop and the Welsh are these days proving less of a draw to novice keepers seeking their first pigs. Unfortunately, the Large White is.
B Look for a good, clean head with an appreciable dish to the face. The commercial strains tend to have a longer snout with less dishing. This is something to watch for if your pigs are to live outdoors all year. C Over- or under-shot jaws can occasionally be a problem, as can be a jaw that crosses. All are best avoided when buying, and certainly when breeding. D Avoid twisted legs, which can affect both front duck-footed and back crossing — very rare nowadays. A good Large White should stand well up on its toes, with Some spring in its pasterns.
E Check the underline for a minimum of 12 teats. Additional well-spaced teats are valuable to rear big litters. F A decent Large White should present full and well-rounded hams with good depth; in fact, the whole pig should show good body depth.
H Look for a good overall length; this breed should always present long loins.
Back should be more or less flat, with a slight slope towards the tail. Avoid any showing dips in the back, especially behind the shoulder. Extra length is important for big litters. I Avoid rose patterns in the coat; although rare nowadays, they do still occur. Colour should be white all over. Sometimes you may find examples showing the odd black spot skin pigmentationtypically on the head.
Sunburn can be an issue to watch for, so the provision of a decent wallow is an absolute essential. Pricing for the Large White is much about the same as it is for most native breeds. At a more practical level, this is even more of a shame because potential keepers are missing out on so much by rejecting the Large White on what, in many cases, amounts to little more than its appearance. The Large White grows rapidly to an impressive size, yet produces a beautifully lean carcass; both important factors either overlooked or unappreciated by potential owners. In addition, the breed offers a great temperament, produces large litters of strong piglets and the sows make wonderful and caring mothers.
And yet we are where we are, and the Large White is now in need of a concerted effort if more serious problems are to be avoided in the not-too-distant future. Whatever the exact breeding mix, though, it worked; the Large White was an almost instant success. In less than 30 years there were examples of the breed being exported literally all over the world. By the turn of the century it could be found in Argentina, Australia, Canada and Russia, as well as in most other countries in mainland Europe. To put this in perspective, second place in that same year went to the Landrace, with just 2, boars and 1, sows.
The corresponding figures for the Tamworth were 72 and ! With just 77 registered boars and sows remaining, things are a million miles from how they were. Out of the 50 or so BPA members in the UK now keeping registered Large Whites, only three of them have sizable herds, still working as viable, commercial operations. Of the rest, nearly half are small and the remainder fall somewhere in between. While it might not look as pretty in a paddock as some of our other native breeds, it does everything else that a modern keeper could wish for, extremely well.
However, there's a proviso to this. The out- and-out commercial strains are not as resistant to cold weather as the standard-bred Large White. These pigs are tough, durable and very adaptable to virtually any situation. They are friendly, intelligent and always alert. The Large White is a relaxed, docile animal that makes an excellent family pig for the domestic environment. As a breeding prospect, the Large White is a good bet, too. The piglets can be weaned at five weeks, after which the sow can be put back to the boar just five days later, if required.
Litter sizes are generally good, with 10 or 11 being a typical return. Later in life this can either fall away or increase, neither of which is ideal. By and large, the sows are very self-sufficient when it comes to farrowing, and will happily get on with the job without drama or the need for human intervention. While the breed may be a touch too plain-looking for some tastes, those keepers seeking a straightforward animal that will produce plenty of delicious meat in a no-nonsense manner, should certainly give the Large White serious consideration. Looking at the bigger picture, there would be no better time than now to act, as far as this breed is concerned.
It would be such a shame to see this productive, engaging and genetically ificant breed slump any further. If you want to buy a Large White pig, make sure you are getting the real thing. If you want to sell Large White pigs by name, or Large White pork, then your pigs must be pedigree registered.
Only registered pigs will be included on the Breeds at Risk Register, as part of the national conservation effort to save our native breeds. For advice on buying your Large White pig contact your breed reps refer to the Large White breed for contact details. This article was ly published in Practical Pigs magazine. Buyers Guide Large White. Large White buying guide. Slippery slope?
G Tail needs to be set relatively high on the body. What to pay? Worth trying? Lean carcass. Fast grower. Friendly and docile.
Hardy and adaptable. Good fertility. Decent litters. Great mother. Ideal for crossbreeding. Needs a breed club. The docile and friendly behaviour extends to the keeper as well as pen mates. The Large White grows rapidly to an impressive size, yet produces a beautifully lean carcass. By and large, the sows are very self-sufficient when it comes to farrowing.
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