There are more than 50 different pig breeds in South Africa that is popular for the production of meat. Taking a look at Best Pig Breeds to Farm with in South Africa
Setting up a pig farming business in South Africa is expensive and have a lot of hick ups, but once everything is in place it could be a extremely profitable business. There are a lot of breeds to choose from so decide carefully before you start buying breeding pigs and know exactly what your market will be.
What will your target be when farming with pigs?
- To sell Carcasses to Butcheries
- To sell live pigs directly from your farm
- To sell weaners
- To farm for lard
- Bacon, Ham or Meat and Sausage
- More Juicer meat or Meat with more Flavour
- Homestead, Free Range or Intensive Farming
Landrace and Big White is the most popular breeds in South Africa for beginner farmers as the pigs breed fast and has a large number of piglets.
The Landrace pig is one of the top breeds that farmers use all over SA.
It is popular for the high production of piglets and great tasting meat.
Landrace swine refers to any group of standard breeds of pig
Large White Breed
The Large White pig is used for cross breeding and many know the term Large White X Landrace. The curly tail and straight ears whereas Landrace has droopy ears.
The large white originates from the UK and was introduced to South Africa by the British some many years ago. Great for Farming in SA.
The Duroc breed is an older pig breed and originated in America.
This reddish brown pig is a large framed, medium length pig with muscular
features and partially drooping ears.
Large Black Breed
The Large Black pig originates from the British breed of domestic pigs.
It was created in the 19th century by pig populations of Devon and Cornwall.
The Large black is used for lean pork and bacon production.
Red Wattle Hog Breed
Red Wattle hogs is an hardy pig and known for a rapid growth rate.
They produce a well marbled flavourful meat and is often used for hams. Red Wattle hogs can easily be mistaken for Duroc Pigs. They grow up to 350 kg.
Middle White Pig Breed
The Middle White pig comes from a cross between the Large White and now extincted Small White pigs. Features are its upturned sharply nose and bulkiness. Middle White pig breads are known for porkers and bacon.
Vietnamese Pot Belled Pig Breed
Also known as pot belly this is a slow growing pig but high in flavour. Pot belly pigs are popular in Homesteading and also a great pet. Unfortunately these pigs has an acquired market and prices depend on demand.
F1 Crossbred Breed
The F1 or Final Breed is a cross between the Landrace and the Large White. F1 crossbred s usually produce more milk, eat more, and farrow more vigorous piglets.
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