Duroc pig

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Duroc
A Duroc sow at a livestock show in England
A Duroc sow at a livestock show in England
Country of origin USA
Traits
Pig
Sus scrofa domesticus

Duroc pig is an older breed of American domestic pig that forms the basis for many mixed-breed commercial hogs. Duroc pigs are red, large-framed, medium length, and muscular, with partially drooping ears, and tend to be one of the least aggressive of all the swine breeds. They also have an excellent rate of gain.

Origins[edit]

The breed originated in America, one of several red pig strains which developed around 1800 in New England. It is said to have been named after a famous thoroughbred stallion of the day. The modern Duroc originated circa 1830 from crosses of the Jersey Red and New York's older Duroc. The breed started being used as show hogs around the 1950s. Durocs are used predominantly as sires (boars), and are appreciated for their hardiness and quick but thorough muscle growth.

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The first pig to have its genome sequenced was a female Duroc named T.J. Tabasco [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pig geneticists go the whole hog". Nature. Retrieved 21 July 2014.