Pork Facts

Breeds

There are over 180 species of pigs in the world, found on every continent except Antarctica.  Evidence indicates that the pig was domesticated as early as 9,000 years ago.  Some major swine breeds are:

 

Berkshire berkshire Top This

  

  



chester Easy Does ItChester White

  

  

 

Durocduroc bandit

  

 

 

 

 

hampshire antidoteHampshire

  

 

 

Landracelandrace Mislead

  

 

 

 

PolandChina Gun SmokePoland China

 

 


SpottedSpot Chaos

 

 

 

yorkshire full tankYorkshire



 History


Terminology

Swine–an omnivorous, even-toed ungulate of the family Suidae.  Includes pigs, hogs, and boars, having a stout body with thick skin, a short neck and a movable snout.

Boar–an uncastrated male hog

Barrow–a male hog that has been castrated

Sow–an adult female hog

Gilt–a young sow that has not given birth to a litter of piglets

Piglet–newborn pigs


Everything But the Oink 


Pharmaceutical By-products

 Hogs are powerful resources!  All told, pigs are a source of nearly forty drugs and pharmaceuticals!


Pharmaceutical Facts

 

Did You Know…

 

All swine breed images courtesy of Top Cut Genetics, Inc. www.topcutgeneticsinc.com

 

Sources: Texas Farm Bureau via txfb.org

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