The Swedish Landrace pig is a meat swine breed which was developed in Sweden. The Swedish Landrace was developed by crossbreeding local pigs with Danish Landrace.
lean meat, piglet production, family, farm, excellent mothers, high quality meat
skin disease, light color
reasonable temperatures, thoracic vertebrae, snow protection.Feeding, long bodies
Good breed for piglet production
I have worked with landrace pigs for a few years and I really like them in terms reproduction. This white breed has excellent mothers with really long bodies (sometimes they have 17 thoracic vertebrae instead of 14) and large belly, which allows them to carry around 10 to 12 piglets. They character is quite docile, they are easy to handle and have good maternal ability.
In terms of meat production, I’ve seen them gain up to 800 grams per day with a food conversion of 400 grams of meat per kg of food but the meat tends to have a good amount of fat. These parameters can be better in other breeds so I prefer landrace pigs to produce piglets instead of meat. I’ve seen some people who use this breed to produce bacon successfully.
One thing that you must be aware is that these animals are prone to skin disease because of its light color, especially when they are exposed to the sun so I recommend having them indoors most of the time. Overall, I think that landrace pigs are a very good choice for the production of piglets..
From Dr Stephanie Flansburg Cruz Apr 1 2015 11:14AM
When I grew up we had two sow. Every year they got piglets, around 10 each. When the piglets were small me and my sister used to play with them, but when they got bigger we were not allowed as they could be a bit dangerous. Then when spring came we took the piglets (now grown to about 15-20kg) and put them outside in a pen where they could go around free, but they also had some shelter if it would rain. We gave the piglet’s leftover food, apples from our trees and other good stuff, so they were really living like kings.
Then when autumn come we let a professional neighbor slaughter and hacked the piglets. This way we got really much high quality meat and we stuffed our freezer to the top and sold the rest of the meat to relatives and neighbors. Then we repeated this process every year to get good high quality meat.
Pros of breeding pigs
- High class meat
- You know the pigs are being treated well
Cons of breeding pigs
- You must have live in the countryside and have place for the pigs
- Cost a lot of money.
From jasper_b May 24 2015 5:53AM