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Show pigs come in many different shapes colors and sizes In my report I will inform you of the many different types of breeds for show I will also explain to you what to look for in a show pig and how to keep your show pig looking its best come time for show First we will start out with the many different types of breeds and their characteristics Eight major breeds of hogs are commonly used for breeding in the United States In general the five dark breeds Berkshire Duroc Hampshire Poland China and Spot are known and used for their siring ability and potential to pass along their durability leanness and meatiness to offspring The three white breeds Chester White Landrance and Yorkshire are sought after for their reproductive and mothering abilities The Yorkshire is the most sought after breed Yorks are good mothers and produce large litters They exhibit a long big frame and are white with erect ears The Chester White is Solid white these pigs have medium sized droopy ears They usually have large litters and sought for their mothering ability Boars of this breed are usually aggressive The Berkshire is Black with six white points nose tail and legs these hogs have erect ears and a short dished snout They work well in enclosed facilities and are noted for their siring ability My favorite breed is the Duroc these hogs noted for their fast growth and good feed efficiency are a reddish color with droopy ears On the average this breed needs less feed to make a pound of muscle than the other breeds The Hampshire hog is black with a white belt that extends from one front leg over the shoulder and down the other front leg They have erect ears and are popular for their lean meaty carcasses The Poland China is like the Berkshire this breed has six white points on a black body They
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