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Terrior Breeding Part 2

Posted 6/18/2020 5:41pm by Lori Enright.

It is interesting to observe that various established breeds have a history which includes development of color and, sometimes, a breed has been known as one thing and later becomes quite another.  For example, the Berkshire breed which is famously known for its flavorful and tenderest of pork was once a ginger pig with black spots and white points.  This kind of transformation has been traced by recordkeepers who report it as a result of crossing to improve hardiness, suitability, or size.  Color can also be preference in relation to environment, climate, or cultural differences among people groups.  Historically there have been times and places where black pigs are given over to white breeds or vice versa.

Valerie Porter explains in her book PIGS: A Handbook to the Breeds of the World....

"Quite apart from personal aesthetic preferences and the desire to use colour and pattern as the most obvious badge of a breed, there have been various colour prejudices over the ages.  For example, in the UK during the 19th century it was still possible to divide the country geographically by the colour of the pigs: those of the southern counties of England tended to be black, those of the midlands, especially the west, were coloured, and those of the north and east were usually white.  Sometimes there was a certain amount of logic in the preferences: it was said that white pigs suffered from sun scald in the warmer climate of south west England, for example, and it is still a fact that those who dress carcasses dislike coloured pigs in which the pigmented hair roots leave their mark.  Consumers often object to coloured skin in a product for which the rind is retained (for example, bacon), though in the past in many regions they prefered the coloured rind as an indication of better meat.  Colour has also been associated with fattiness, in that outdoor breeds are usually coloured and they need an extra lining of fat as protection against the climate.  But there is a lot more to a pig than its colour."

 

 

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