Facts about Bentheim Black Pied Pigs. The Bentheim Black Pied is a rare domestic pig breed, which is also commonly referred to as the Buntes Bentheimer Schwein pig or the Schwarz-Wesses pig. The Bentheim Black Pied Pigs are native to Germany and they are largely found in the Bentheim City in Germany and hence they attained the name. The Bentheim Black Pied Pig breeds have originated in the city during the twentieth century, when local pig breeds were crossed with Cornwall pigs and Berkshire pigs. It nearly turned out to be extinct during the 1950s, and is currently an uncommon pig breed, with approximately 100 registered breeding pigs.
Features of Bentheim Black Pied Pig
Bentheim Black Pied Pigs have 44 teeth when full grown, when they are baby pigs (piglets) the have 28 teeth which will fall out when they are 12 months old. Just like human teeth, the Bentheim Black Pied Pig has an enamel coating that makes the pigs teeth stronger and helps it curb disease. Bentheim Black Pied Pigs chew their food because pigs have a digestive system similar to a human digestive system and cannot digest food that is not chewed. Bentheim Black Pied pigs are average-sized pigs, with lop ears. The Bentheim Black Pied Pigs have a white color body with black color spots. Male Bentheim Black Pied Pigs are capable of growing to a maximum height of 30 inches (75 cm), with the maximum body weight of 550 lbs (250 kg). On the other hand, the female Bentheim Black Pied pigs have a height of 28 inches (70 cm), with the body weight of 396 lbs (180 kg). Bentheim Black Pied Pigs are omnivores like humans, an omnivores, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants).
Recovery of the Bentheim Black Pied Pig
The Bentheim Black Pied Pig is an average size home pig breed that was bred from crosses between English Berkshire male pigs and local breeds. It was developed in Northwest Germany pending the late 1950s. However, as a consequence of shifts in customer favorites towards the lean meat requirement for the Bentheim Black Pied Pig was declined.
As the population of the Bentheim Black Pied pigs continued to decline, some took the idea to protect the breeding supply of the Bentheim Black Pied pig by scattering the breed throughout Germany. The plan behind the move was, in the situation of regional plagues, live mammals from other areas would still be accessible to defend the Bentheim Black Pied Pig breed from destruction.
As it made no sense to divide 50 pigs into 16 associations, most of the pig breeding associations just refused to assume the Bentheim Black Pied Pig. Lastly, due to the New Zealand pig breeding association, a countrywide flock book was set up. Then, the "Association for the Conservation of the Bentheim Black Pied Pig" initiated its work during 2003. Subsequently, the population of Bentheim Black Pied pigs has developed from 50 to 420 breeding animals, with 360 female pigs and 60 male pigs. The amount of registered breeders improved from 19 to 90 within only four years. It is as well, promising to observe that the Bentheim Black Pied Pig is currently found in other countries of Europe, such as the Netherlands and Luxemburg.
The increase in numbers of Bentheim Black Pied pigs has allowed the diversification of this pig breed product. Most obliging in terms of encouragement was the admission during 2005 of the Bentheim Black Pied Pig into the international "Ark of Taste" of the Slow Food Foundation. In addition, many marketing projects have been implemented, as well as the promotion of direct ranch sales and the growth of specialty sausage and animal protein products. There are no "countrywide" Bentheim Black Pied pig products, and selling relies on promoting the breeders to generate local specialties. The only general factor is that the products of Bentheim Black Pied pigs are clearly noticeable from other pig animal protein products and so have an exceptional selling point.
The saliva of Bentheim Black Pied Pigs contains pheromones-( A chemical substance used to attract a mate) similar to that of other pig breeds that communicate their sexual wants. The male Bentheim Black Pied Pigs discharge this steroid and female pigs will go to vast lengths to acquire a smell of the stuff.
Bentheim Black Pied Pigs Feet
The four feet and four toes of the Bentheim Black Pied Pig are called "trotters" that humans eat as a delicacy called pigs feet or pigs knuckles. A Bentheim Black Pied Pigs foot has four toes that are pointed downwards when the pig walks, it walks on the tips of its toes, rather than its whole foot and only uses two of the toes in the middle and the outside toes for balance. The Bentheim Black Pied Pig has tougher feet at the ends that are hooves. The two toes in the middle of the foot are slightly webbed, this helps the Bentheim Black Pied Pigs balance for walking.
Bentheim Black Pied Pigs are very intelligent, not like people think, that pigs are dumb animals. A Bentheim Black Pied Pig can drink 14 gallons of water in a day. The Bentheim Black Pied Pig snout is its most important tool for finding food. The Bentheim Black Pied Pigs snout is used for their excellent sense of smell.
Bentheim Black Pied Pigs are raised for there meat such as ham, sausage, bacon and pork chops. Pigs can make great pets. A wild male pig is called a (boar)- meaning uncastrated male pig, that lives in the wild and can be hunted. Feral pigs (means wild) can be a very big danger where humans habitat. Bentheim Black Pied Pigs can carry a variety of diseases and can pass them to humans. Bentheim Black Pied Pigs have small lungs compared to their body size.
Swine: is any variety of omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, this includes hogs, boars and pigs having a short neck, thick skin a movable snout and a stout body.
Bentheim Black Pied Pigs unlike is said, happen to be very clean animals. Bentheim Black Pied Pigs make sure their bathroom area is far away from where they eat, lie down and rest, even piglets (baby pigs) will find a place to go to the bathroom, far away from their nest. A Bentheim Black Pied Pig averages 6 to 10 baby piglets in a litter and will have two to three litters per year
Pigs do not sweat a lot, that's why they cover themselves in the mud to keep their bodies cool. The expression "sweating like a pig" comes from a reference to pig iron, which comes form iron smelting.
The scientific name for Pig (Sus scrofa), the wild swine (Boar) from the old world with a narrow body and prominent tusks is from where most domestic swine come from and introduced in the United States and bred to what we have as today's pig. The "fear of pigs Swinophobia".