The Large Black is a critically endangered breed that nearly became extinct during the 1960s, and it remains one of the rarest British pig breeds. In 1973 the breed was put on Rare Breed Survival Trust’s critically endangered livestock list. Because of the increased interest in pasture raised pork by consumers, Large Black hogs are beginning to be recognized as a great choice in pastured management systems.
The Large Black pig is native to Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset in southwestern England. Originally known as the Lop Eared Black, the breed was selected for large size and efficiency of production on pasture and other forages. The Large Black gained popularity rapidly during the last half of the 1800s, and it was one of the most numerous of the English pig breeds in 1900.
LBHA Membership Annual Meeting – 02/18/19
The Large Black Hog Association (LBHA) is the premier registry and support association for Large Black hogs in the United States. We are a non-profit association, managed by a group of dedicated volunteers, owners and breeders of this wonderful heritage hog. The recovery of this breed in the United States is directly due to the efforts of our members. We are proud of our success and invite you to join us!
Large Black Pig: Characteristics, Origin & Breed Information
The Large Black pig is a large breed of domestic pig originated from United Kingdom. It is particularly native to Cornwall, Devon and Essex. The breed is also known by some other names such as Boggu, Cornwall Black and Devon.
The Livestock Conservancy
The Livestock Conservancy works to protect livestock and poultry from extinction including asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.
Large Black Pigs - Hobby Farms
Originating in England, the Large Black hogs were initially selected for bacon; they also have large hams. Identify them by their dark pigmented skin and large, dropping ears that nearly cover their face.