Jun 152016
 

Large Black Hog Piglets

Litter of Large Black Hog piglets expected the first week of July. They will be born from a Daisy sow and a Super boar. For a complete pedigree on the parents go to: http://largeblackhogassociation.org/searches/ and look up High Cove Super 8/3 6333 (sire) and Morning Glory Daisy 1/1 5798 (dam) or eMail [email protected].

Both parents are registered with the Large Black Hog Association. Their inbreeding coefficient is 10.2%.

Cost:

Breeding stock gilts will be $350.00 and boars $400.00. Holding breeders requires a 50% deposit, with the balance due at pickup when piglets are 8 weeks old. NOTE FOR THOSE WANTING A BOAR: Male piglets not sold with a confirmed 50% deposit will be castrated and become feeders at 10 days of age.

Feeders will be $100.00.

The piglets, the farm:

Both parents have excellent conformation: Level backs, strong pasterns, 14 teats in two symmetrical rows and good, gentle dispositions.

The farm is located in Pickens County, Georgia (about 70 miles north of Atlanta for those not familiar).

The Breed:

This herd is pasture raised, not raised in a confinement operation. Large Black Hogs are particularly well suited to living in the open, be it grass pasture or in a wooded area. Their dark (black) skin makes them resistant to getting sunburned (yes, light colored pigs DO get sunburned!) and it, along with a coat somewhat thicker than most breeds of pigs, make them able to do well in the winter as well living in the open.

The docile, even friendly, disposition of the Large Black breed makes it ideal for beginners to pigs. Their disposition is so friendly we don’t even remove tusks from boars on the property. When one of the adult pigs approaches you chances are they are either looking for a treat or will flop down beside you wanting their bellies rubbed.

This video shows how gentle Large Black Hogs and LBH/Berkshire hybrids are.  These are my 6 and 8 year old grandsons in with Porkchop, a gilt that became a first time momma (sow) three days later.  Despite her impending farrowing she had no problems with the boys being in with her.

Large Blacks are classified as neither “bacon pigs” or “lard pigs”, instead falling in between. They are not the super lean, almost fat-less, pigs that have become favored in the commercial pork industry, but are not a fatty pig either. Fat content is best described as “moderate” with a fair amount distributed thru the meat as “micro-marbling”, a fact that makes their meat taste far better than the pork found at your local supermarket.

Besides their ease of raising, along with the absolutely AWESOME tasting meat (this is definitely NOT “the other white meat”), another reason for raising Large Blacks, either as feeders for the freezer or to breed, is their condition as a breed. The Livestock Conservancy lists Large Blacks as “Threatened”, just recently up from “Critical”. Raising these pigs as either food or for breeding helps protect and expand the numbers of this threatened breed.

Contact info:

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