Pig Breed Guide
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Ossabaw Island, for which these pigs are named, is a small island about 10 miles off the coast of Georgia. Ossabaw Island pigs are direct descendents of Spanish pigs. Since they spent many years isolated on the island, they more closely reflect Spanish breed traits. Ossabaw Island offers very little food during the spring season, so Ossabaw Island pigs have adapted to be able to store more food than any other breed. These hogs are best-suited for the southeast, because they thrive in heat and humidity.
Functionality: Feral, meat
Appearance: Black and white spotted or just solid black; coarse hair; small, upright ears with a long snout
Origin: United States
Known for: Ability to store fat; foraging ability; being wild, feral and somewhat exotic
The Tamworth Swine Association states that this English breed is distinctly bacon-type. They were brought to the United States in 1882. It’s a small breed when compared to others, so it’s caught on slow with American hog producers who prefer thicker breeds. The ham is generally muscular with a firm lean rump.
Appearance: Reddish in color; muscular top and long rum with rounded back; upright ears and long snout
Known for: Tasty bacon
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