Livestock

Large Black

A large, black pig with lop ears. It is sometimes know as the “elephant pig” because newborn piglets have huge ears and a straight tail.

Painting of large black pigWatercolour of a large black pig by Chris Pendleton

Originating in the West Country and the south of England, it is sometimes referred to as the Cornish Black. Although it’s a large pig, it has a reputation for docility, large litters and good mothering ability.

Large Black pigletsLarge Black piglets. Photo: Riley Farmers Boy

They are hardy and their black skin means they are not prone to sunburn. However, the black pigment is removed in the butchery process to leave a white rind on meat. Pigs will be ready for slaughter at around five to six months old.

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Rosemary lives on a 12 acre smallholding in Angus, in the east of Scotland, where she keeps Ryeland Sheep, Shetland cattle and assorted poultry. She was destined to be a smallholder from an early age.

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