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

  

  



Chester White

  

  

 

Duroc

  

 

 

 

 

Hampshire

  

 

 

Landrace

  

 

 

 

Poland China

 

 


Spotted

 

 

 

Yorkshire



 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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