Pig Breeds on Vero Pig Farm
Mating the Sow
The first step toward rearing healthy piglets is making sure the intended mother is mated!
A gilt (a young female hog) should reach sexual maturity at five or six months of age, and be receptive for two or three days of each subsequent 21 day cycle. You can be sure that a sow’s in estrus (heat) if the female has a swollen vulva. She also may or may not have a slight mucus-like or bloody vaginal discharge, act restless, urinate frequently, twitch her tail, hold her ground when you press down on her hindquarters, or try to “ride” other sows.
You should mate gilts on their first day of heat and older “gals” on the second day.
(Both young and old sows should receive a second mating 24 hours after their first.) As for the male partners in a porcine union, an 8- to 12-month-old boar can usually service 12 females in pasture or be “handmated” (matched individually in a barn) with 24 gilts or sows. A yearling (or older) boar can service 50 sows in stalls or 35 to 40 pasturing females.
Large White Sow
The Large White pig is a breed of domestic pig originating in Yorkshire. It is also known as the Yorkshire pig and the English Large White pig. It is one of the most popular and most numerous of all pig breeds, and widely used in crossbreeding for intensive pig farming system around the world.
Presented Landrace breed of pigs is different in that it is these animals have identified as an unusual breed that belongs to the type of meat or bacon direction. Initially, the animals brought to the territory of Denmark. To create Landrace use all the features of the Danish pig varieties and quality production of large white breed.
Pietrain, Belgium, the village from which the breed takes its name, was the birthplace of the breed. The exact origin is unknown but the local breed was “brought to the fore” during the difficult period of the swine market in 1950-51. The breed became popular in its native country and was exported to other countries