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What breed of pigs next

We've had the one go at keeping pigs and had oxford sandy and blacks. They were great but we have nothing to compare them to.
What breeds of pig have you kept and what did you think of them?
hughesy

Everyone will tell you that their breed is the best. In reality I don't think there's much to choose between the traditional breeds, depends what you're intentions are for the finished pigs.
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hughesy wrote:
Everyone will tell you that their breed is the best. In reality I don't think there's much to choose between the traditional breeds, depends what you're intentions are for the finished pigs.


Bacon, ham and salami style fermented sausage
bodger

Of course, Gloucester Old |Spots would be my choice. They're docile and friendly but like most traditional breeds, have to be fed carefully so that they don't put on excessive fat. Actually, the OSB's you had last time are  a traditional breed which reputedly are less prone than other rare breeds to getting fat.
In your situation, I'd be looking at getting cross breed pigs and in particular, I'd be looking for a Pietrain crossed with a traditional breed. Pietrains are exceptionally lean animals and you'd be able to get away with feeding them lesser food stuffs.
rhino

What they said, I like me KK's and they make good pork sausage ham etc but there's plenty will say they're good for nothing but sausage.Be careful of the pietrain as they can have that porcine stress disorder and the ones I had never settled well, also they ate like fury, on the plus side I didn't have to keep them long. I'd just get something you like the look of and give it a go
chicken feed

Ask twenty pig breeders and they will all opt for their chosen breed. we went through most breeds before settling for the Lops mainly because they are great to keep, provide fantastic pork and bacon finish quickly .we have just killed a boar born 3rd sept killed 12th january 150Lb on the hook, of lean well finished pork. and one of the main reasons is because they are one of the rarest native breeds.

the stress gene in the pietrain is pretty much under control now so they don't suffer now as they once did, a lot of the modern breeds have suffered from stress but careful breeding and research has cut it down.
rhino

Good to know cf, mine were just flighty didn't forage and just waited for food.  
Dave C

I am in the same boat, i had some OSB X Large Whites last year and it all went very well and the pork was the best i have tasted
The butcher also commented on the quality of the meat and fat.

These are the only ones we have ever had to like you i have nothing to compare with.

Now i have always liked the look of Saddlebacks but i am temped to stick with the same cross and the same breeder
Dave C

Dave C wrote:
I am in the same boat, i had some OSB X Large Whites last year and it all went very well and the pork was the best i have tasted
The butcher also commented on the quality of the meat and fat.

These are the only ones we have ever had too and like you i have nothing to compare with.

Now i have always liked the look of Saddlebacks but i am temped to stick with the same cross and the same breeder
Dave C

Dave C wrote:
Dave C wrote:
I am in the same boat, i had some OSB X Large Whites last year and it all went very well and the pork was the best i have tasted
The butcher also commented on the quality of the meat and fat.

These are the only ones we have ever had too and like you i have nothing to compare with.

Now i have always liked the look of Saddlebacks but i am temped to stick with the same cross and the same breeder


OOPS  
mdymock

what breed of pig next

Well everyone has to have their say!
I have got two Large Black sows
Good docile ladies, lop eared, outside in all weather, good mothers, forage well
Rarest old breed and one of the oldest
Give good meat, grow well
I am happy with them
Check out the website for more information
Bulworthy Project

Re: what breed of pig next

mdymock wrote:
Well everyone has to have their say!
I have got two Large Black sows
Good docile ladies, lop eared, outside in all weather, good mothers, forage well
Rarest old breed and one of the oldest
Give good meat, grow well
I am happy with them
Check out the website for more information


Sorry, what website?

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