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Breeds of Livestock - Swine Breeds

Breeds of Livestock - Swine Breeds

 

Swine

It is believed that the majority of the breeds we now know are descended from the Eurasian Wild Boar (Sus scrofa). Archaeological evidence from the Middle East indicates domestication of the pig occurs as early as 9,000 years ago, with some evidence for domestication even earlier in China. Figurines, as well as bones, dating to the sixth and seventh millennia BC have been found at sites in the Middle East. Pigs were also a popular subject for statuettes in ancient Persia.

From here the pig spread across Asia, Europe and Africa. One interesting point, while most livestock where utilized initially by nomadic peoples, swine are more indicative of a settled farming community. The reason for this is simply because pigs are difficult to herd and move for long distances. Pigs have become vital to the economy in parts of the world. For example, there exists a "pig culture" in New Guinea as strong and complex as any African culture based on cattle.

 

 


 

Alphabetic Breed Listings

 

A - D

American Landrace

American Yorkshire

Angeln saddleback

Arapawa Island

Ba Xuyen

Bantu

Beijing Black

Belarus Black Pied

Belgian Landrace

Berkshire

British Landrace

British Lop

 

Bulgarian White

Cantonese

Chester White

Czech Improved White

Danish Landrace

Duroc

Dutch Landrace

E - K

Fengjing

Finnish Landrace

French Landrace

German Landrace

Gloucestershire Old Spots

Guinea Hog

Hampshire

Hereford

Hezuo

Iberian

Italian Landrace

Jinhua

Kele

Krskopolje

Kunekune

L - O

Lacombe

Large Black

Large Black-white

Large White

Lithuanian Native

Meishan

Middle White

Mong Cai

Minzhu

Mora Romagnola

Mukota

Mulefoot

Neijiang

Ningxiang

Norwegian Landrace

Ossabaw Island

Oxford Sandy and Black

P - Z

Philippine Native

Pietrain

Poland China

Red Wattle

Saddleback

Spots

Swedish Landrace

Swallow Belied Mangalitza

Tamworth

Thuoc Nhieu

Tibetan

Turopolje

Vietnamese Potbelly

Welsh

Wuzhishan

Yorkshire

 

 


 

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Project initiated April, 1994 - Initial web site opened February 22, 1995

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