Large White pig

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Large White
a white pig with upright ears
Boar
Other names
  • Yorkshire
Country of origin United Kingdom
Standard British Pig Association
Traits
Hair white
  • Pig
  • Sus scrofa domesticus

The Large White is a British breed of domestic pig. It derives from the old Yorkshire breed from the county of Yorkshire, in northern England.

History[edit]

First recognised in 1868, the breed is the progenitor of the American Yorkshire in North America.[1]

Characteristics[edit]

A sow with piglets

The Large White is a big, white pig, with erect ears and a slightly dished face.[2]

Use[edit]

A Large White in a sty

The Large White is one of the most numerous of all pig breeds, widely used in crossbreeding for intensive pig farming around the world.[3] It was originally developed as an outdoor breed, but today it is one of those favoured by commercial pig breeders, lending uniformity to pigs produced for meat on a large scale.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald-Brown, Linda (2009). Choosing and Keeping Pigs. Firefly Books. ISBN 978-1-55407-469-3. 
  2. ^ Breed Standard and Standards of Excellence: Large White. British Pig Association. Accessed January 2018.
  3. ^ "Large White". Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science. 
  4. ^ The Large White. British Pig Association. Accessed January 2018.