The Large Black Pig
With lop ears and a long deep body, the Large Black is Britain’s only all black pig.
They are extremely docile and hardy and suited to simple outdoor systems. Their placid temperament enables them to be easily contained by a single strand electric fence.
The sows are excellent mothers, with exceptional milking ability, and are able to rear sizeable litters on unsophisticated rations.
The Large Black is also much appreciated for its tasty succulent meat and eating qualities. It is superb as pork but excels when traditionally cured as bacon.
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LARGE BLACK PIG BREEDERS CLUB was founded in 1996 to bring together breeders and further promote this splendid traditional British pig breed. Membership is open to all. You do not need to own a Large Black pig. The Club welcomes all enthusiasts and can put you in touch with the breeder nearest to you.
Members are scattered throughout the British Isles and include herds in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Club welcomes members from overseas and currently has members in Australia and the USA. The Club’s financial year runs from 1st April to 31st March. New members joining throughout this period are provided with the relevant back numbers of the Newsletters.
NEWSLETTERS The Club publishes Newsletters each year. These contain articles about the breed and archive material together with advertising of members stock and produce, and other general information of interest to pig breeders.
THE BRITISH PIG ASSOCIATION (BPA) AND PEDIGREE REGISTRATIONS. The herdbook for the Large Black breed is held by the BPA. For a pig to be entered in the herdbook, the litter from which it comes has to be identified to a specific numbering system and the litter birth notified to the BPA before the pigs reach 10 weeks of age or are mixed with other pigs. A birth notified pig then becomes eligible for pedigree registration in the herdbook. In order to conserve this important breed, pedigree status is vital.
HERDSIZE. Most of the Large Black herds in the United Kingdom are small with many breeders keeping their pigs outside. Each year the Large Black pedigree national herd is surveyed to monitor the state of its bloodlines. This survey, conducted on behalf of the BPA, provides information to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for publication in its quarterly newsletter, The Ark.