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Terrior Breeding Part 1

Posted 5/28/2020 10:33am by Lori Enright.

 

Since the mid to late 90's, I have been studying swine and the development of breeds with the use of antique books on livestock and most especially pigs and also utilizing the first herd books I've obtained from older breed registries.  My interest was piqued long ago regarding characteristics peculiar to each breed.  Identifiable traits such as color, ear set, length of snout, size and other conformational factors are recorded as particular to breeds whose names were given in reference to place.  This idea of breeds developed with their locale in mind, gave way to the phrase I've coined as "terrior breeding".

Breeds such as the Iberian Pig are protected by government regulation regarding the claims by breeders.  Historically, these pigs have been and are still required to be purebred and raised only in their home country of Spain in a particular region under very strict guidlelines for rearing being finished on acorns during a spcific time of year.  Recently, the breed has been established in the United States where the land and climate mimicks that of their home land and region....both in Texas and in Florida.  It was my honor to be sought out by both importers and my privilege to act as a consultant in the creation of their own breed registry(s) here in the U.S.  I was careful to speak with emphasis regarding the value of beginning with the establishment of DNA records on all imported stock.

The identifiable breed characteristics selected for suitability to the environment in which they are placed, can well-establish the pig (breed) whose ability to thrive and produce both progeny and pork is most sucessful.  In my breeding program, I've begun with the cream colored Kunekune Pig.

Kunekune Pigs are unusually varied in many ways, but one of the most noteable is their variety of color.  For this reason, desireable characteristics of the breed along with a specific color can be utilized to a production program suitable to your own environment and climate...all within this one breed.  There are many things to consider when working on terrior breeding which I will touch on in my following blogs, but I've begun with cream coloration for suitablility to the very constant warm Southern California weather and intense sunshine we often experience throughout the year.

I've been asked if the cream color can result in sunburn on the pigs and I can say that my experience and selection has to do with pigs whose hair is white/cream and whose skin is dark/black.  I have seen little evidence of sunburn on my cream colored pigs, however, any colored pig can get overexposure to the sun.  Pink skinned pigs will get sunburned.

Currently, I am working with a wide selection of bloodlines....all cream.  There are Jenny, Tapeka, Rebecca Gina, Trish, Sally, Awakino, Rona, Tarutaru, and three boar lines....Ru, BH Tutaki, and Tutanekai.  It can be tricky, but results like anything else will come with the selection of the best stock bred together....over and over until consistency is established and suitability is acheived.  Observe, consider, decide.

Royal Pork

We breed pigs.  We cook pigs.  We sell pigs.  Deep roots and new found friendships go back to royal lands whether it be the UK, New Zealand, or Canada.  The British have made a mark on our farm.  We are artisan farmers crafting the perfect pigs for your table.  Order a whole pig, select cuts, or reserve a boucherie pig for your own tasty event.  Feast like a King!