The most popular pig breeds in South Africa for intensive or small scale farming is the Landrace and the Large White Pigs, but what is the Difference between a Landrace and Large White Pigs?
Pig farming has seen a new high in South Africa as many people need to make cash quickly due to the current Lockdown and Global depression. Millions of people are now jobless in SA and many is turning to farming with chickens or pigs. That being said let take a look what pig breed is better to farm with and should you start with Landrace or the Large White Pig.
How to Identify a Landrace Pig
The Landrace is a medium to large pig with a long body and droopy ears that often hang over their eyes and long bodies
They are white in colour with fine hair long snouts. The back is slightly arched or flat. The neck is Long and slender flowing into neatly angled shoulders.
How to Identify a Large White Pig
As the name suggest the Large White is a Large Pig with a white to pink skin. The legs are slightly longer than a Landrace to help with height and move-ability.
The Large White are distinguished by their erect ears and dished face.
This hardy, active pig can withstand variations in climate, do well in all
environmental factors and sows have excellent mothering instincts.
They are good for both intensive and free rang pig farming systems
good for commercial production and are also good for crossbreeding and improving other pig breeds.
What is the difference between farming with a Landrace and Large White Pigs?
The truth is there is no big differences between the Large White and Landrace pigs. Both are excellent pig breeds to farm with and do well in a free range or intensive farming system.
- Landrace Pigs has long bodies and do not get as fat as Large White Pigs
- The large White does better with cross breeding
- Landrace and Large White pigs are both noted for their ability to farrow and have large litters.
- Landrace and Large white are popular for pork production and quality meat.
- The Large White perform better in an outdoor free range system
- The Landrace performs better in an managed environment
- The Landrace lives and breeds longer than the Large White
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