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With it’s lop ears and long, deep body, the Large Black is Britain's only all-black pig. Extremely docile, and very hardy, it is ideally suited to simple outdoor systems. The breed originates from the Old English Hog established in the 16th and 17th centuries. Their heads are large, with very long ears hanging down on each side of the face. Large Black sows are renowned as excellent mothers with exceptional milking ability. They are able to rear sizeable litters off simple rations and a placid temperament ensures they can be contained behind a single strand of electric fencing. Unlike many breeds of pigs, their black skin protects them from sunburn and enables them to live outdoors on open pastures.
The Large Blacks have a exquisite and unique taste when processed at around 200 lbs, it is proper pork the meat is lean yet micro-marbled for a moist product on the grill or in the oven, the texture of the pork is extra tender due to the short muscle fibbers which has earned it a place in some of the most exclusive restaurants in Europe and New York.
The Large Blacks are aptly named large since they can reach weights upwards of 700 lbs. Currently the breed has 6 boar lines and 24 sow lines.
Rare Breeds Survival Trust 2009 Watch List.
Large Blacks - Category 3.
Vulnerable - 400 World Wide
Our breeding stock blood line is as follows:
Boars. Blood Line
Bonking Bob - (Majestic Eagle)
Larry - (Sock Super)
Big Bertha - (Blackgate Nocturne)
Daughter 1 - (Garlieston Nocturne)
Daughter 2 - (Garlieston Nocturne)
Betsy - (Westerly Maid)
Daughter - (Garlieston Maid)