Piétrain

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This article is about the pig breed. For the village, see Petrem.
Piétrain
A Piétrain
Piétrain pigs at the Libramont agricultural fair
Country of origin Wallonia
Traits
  • Pig
  • Sus scrofa domesticus

Piétrain is a breed of domestic pig native to Wallonia, which takes its name from "Piétrain", a small village of the Walloon municipality of Jodoigne. This breed became popular in the 1950s during the difficult period of the swine market in 1950-51.[1] Piétrain swine were imported into Germany in 1960-61. The main breeding areas in that country are Schleswig-Holstein, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Baden-Württemberg. They are commonly used in crossbreeding in Germany to improve the quality of pork produced.[1]

The breed was improved by researchers at the Université de Liège in 2004.[2]

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