The Large Black Pig is in the "critical" category
on the ALBC watch list. This is the last category before extinction.
In the early part of this century the Large Black
were used for the production of pork in outdoor operations. Its coat color makes it tolerant of many sun born illnesses and
its hardiness and grazing ability make it an efficient meat producer. Large Blacks are also known for their mothering ability,
milk capacity and prolificacy. (http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/swine/largeblack/index.html)
Large Black Pigs are very large and very black.
A breeding sow is usually around 250-700 lbs and a couple year old boar is about 500 lbs. on up. The breed is very
well known for its docile nature. Some people say that its because of their big old floppy ears that cover
much of their face. They are the perfect pig for new pig farmers.
They are the perfect pasture pig as they have
black skin as are not as susceptible to most sun diseases. They glean about 1/3 of their diet from the pasture. They
are able to live outside year round.
All that's nice, but we wouldn't be raising them
if they weren't delicious. Some people refer to it as the "crack of pork." The meat has often won taste tests
and is highly prized by many chefs due to its marbilization and short grain.
So, consume it with caution... it may be habit
This is how it works. If you want a pig
to breed, get on a list. They go quickly! Our wait is generally over a year currently. You can come
get the pig when it is about 2 months old. They'll be weaned, and will have a few weeks to be fully acclimated to a
pasture and feed diet and ready to go to a new home. They are currently priced at $350 per pig. Same price for
either sex. Breeding pigs are purebred and registered.