Landrace is the leading breed of swine in Sweden, a country not known for
large numbers of swine. The heavy drooping ears found on the Landrace strains
in other countries are also typical of the Swedish breed, as is the white
color and high proportion of lean meat. The Swedish strain of Landrace
originated from importations from neighboring countries, particularly Denmark.
Emphasis in Sweden has not been for the extreme length and bacon producing
characteristics of the original stock, resulting in a more moderate type
strain. Greater emphasis has been put on soundness of feet and legs, strength
of top and ability to walk. At the same time, Swedish breeders have also
attempted to retain a satisfactory rate of gain and feed conversion, proliticacy,
and the mothering ability for which Landrace have become so well known.
In recent years, Swedish Landrace have attracted attention in the United
States and other nations. Especially where more emphasis is placed on fresh
pork and other manufactured products besides bacon. Infusions of the Swedish
strain have been valued in American Landrace. They have provided a broadening
of the genetic base and a correction of characteristics that were regarded
as shortcomings by American Landrace breeders. There have also been exportations
to other countries.
Briggs, Hilton M. 1983. International Pig Breed Encyclopedia. Elanco
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