AN ancient breed of pig, originally from \England, is now being multiplied in a farm in Northern Luzon which would rather remain anonymous at the moment. This is the Large Black Pig that was introduced in the Philippines probably for the first time in October 2015. Eventually, though, the owner will be revealed.
The breed is really large. Reports reveal that it can grow up to more than 300 kilos! But for one reason or another, commercial hog breeders and producers have shifted to the white breed of Landrace and Large White, probably for their own good reasons. And so the Large Black Pig is a rare breed today.
The owner was able to find it in a foreign country from where he imported 11 females and some males. In July 2016, one of the females gave birth to 16 piglets! And today he has a total of 120 full-blooded Large Black Pigs and many more crossbred piglets as a result of crossing with the native pigs.
What the owner likes about the Large Black Pigs is that they are docile and are perfect for growing on the range. They will graze on any edible forage and don’t burrow on the ground.They love to eat forage crops like Madre de Agua, kangkong, Super Napier, Azolla, Indigofera, malunggay and others.
The owner who has been growing the native black pigs says that the native is not a profitable breed for producing pork because it takes six months for it to attain a weight of 25 to 35 kilos. On the other hand, a six-month old Large Black Pig will weigh 70 kilos or more.
The native is really very small compared to the Large Black Pig.
In the meantime, the owner is fast-tracking the multiplication of the Large Black Pig. With a big population of Large Black Pig, the farm could become an agritourist destination. Many enthusiasts, whether hobbyists or commercial growers, will surely be interested to buy some of the offspring for their own purposes.
Literature reveals that the Large Black Pig originated from the Old English Hog that dates back to the 16th century. We will keep you posted when the owner is ready to come out in the open.