Facts about Italian Landrace Pigs. Italian Landrace is a domestic pig breed, which is a native to Italy. The "Italian Landrace Pig" breed is called as "Landrace Italiana" in the Italian language. The Italian Landrace pig breed is derived from the Danish Landrace pig breed, urbanized in Denmark during the last part of the nineteenth century. The breed was imported into Italy following the World War II. This breed of pig has been chosen mainly for appropriateness for the production of the dry-cured ham, known as prosciutto crudo. The Italian Landrace Pig is the second most abundant pig breed in Italy.
Italian Landrace Pigs can carry a variety of diseases and can pass them to humans. Italian Landrace Pigs have small lungs compared to their body size.
The term 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.
Italian Landrace Pigs are very intelligent, not like people think, that Pigs are dumb animals. A Italian Landrace Pig can drink between 10 to 14 gallons (37.8 to 53 liters)of water in a day. Italian Landrace Pigs are omnivores like humans, an omnivores, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). The Italian Landrace Pig snout is its most important tool for finding food. The Italian Landrace Pigs snout is used for their excellent sense of smell.
Italian Landrace pig breeds have turned out to be leading as a superior breed in Italy. The Italian Landrace Pig also contain the big drooped ears and white color coat that characterizes the look of other Landrace strains. The Italian Landrace pig is a big breed of pig and they are extremely long in the body, owing to the existence of two or three supernumerary vertebrae. Usually the Italian Landrace Pig breeds have 15 or 16 vertebrae instead of the normal 13 vertebrae. The Italian Landrace Pig breeds are lop-eared, with white color hair and their skin is not pigmented.
During the twentieth century, the Landrace pig breeds were brought to Italy from Scandinavian resources, but the choice has been toward meat qualities and gone from extremes for the best in bacon manufacture. The Italian Landrace Pig has been developed particularly for size to create the Italian weighty pig that can be used to make prosciutto and other Italian cold cuts mostly prepared from pork, known as salumi.
A genealogical herd book was time-honored during 1970, and is maintained by the Italian national organization of pig breeders, called the Associazione Nazionale Allevatori Suini. During 2007, there were about 11,749 Italian Landrace pigs were registered, and by the end of the year 2012, the total registered pigs were 5959. The majority of the population of Italian Landrace Pig breeds can be seen in the PO Valley, where intense Italian Landrace pigs are frequently raised.
The Italian Landrace Pig breed full grown has an average to big-sized body. The Italian Landrace Pig average mature weight of the female (Sows) 450 to 600 pounds (204 to 272 kg) and the average weight of the male (Boars) is 500 to 700 pounds (226 to 318 kg). Meat manufacture from the Italian Landrace pig breed is usually from initial-generation crosses with either the Duroc Italiana pig breed or the Large White Italiana pig breed, slaughtered when the pig attains the body weight, ranging from 352 to 374 lbs (160 to 170 kg) and roughly all of it is exploited to compose preserved meat products. Usually, the Italian Landrace pigs are intensive farmed, which is exemplified by a low fallow proportion and elevated use of inputs, like capital, a kind of pig product, and labor for each unit ground area.
Italian Landrace pig breeds have been successful in civilizing the output and quality of pig in Italy because they have developed with other breeds and the local pig. Pig producers all over Italy have liked the improved milk production, litter size and the skill to mother large litters to weaning of the Italian Landrace pig breeds. The fact that male pigs of the Italian Landrace Pig breed communicate these features to crossbred daughters have made these pigs prized for improving pig of Italy for home use and for the somewhat restricted markets abroad. Italian Landrace pig breeds may not turn out to be a major factor in swine development in other countries, except the Italian Landrace Pig are found to have traits not found in other strains that are particularly of value in the concentrated pig production practices of those countries.
The saliva of Italian Landrace 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 Italian Landrace Pigs discharge this steroid and female pigs will go to vast lengths to acquire a smell of the sent.
Italian Landrace Pigs are raised for there meat such as ham, sausage, bacon and pork chops. Italian Landrace 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.
Italian Landrace Pigs unlike is said, happen to be very clean animals. Italian Landrace 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 Italian Landrace Pig averages 6 to 10 baby piglets in a litter and will have two to three litters per year
Italian Landrace Pigs Feet
The four feet and four toes of the pig are called "trotters" that humans eat as a delicacy called pigs feet or pigs knuckles. A Italian Landrace 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 Italian Landrace 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 pigs balance for walking.
A pig is the last of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The pig represents, happiness, honesty, fortune and virility in China. A female adult pig is called a (sow) and the male adult pig is called a (boar).
Italian Landrace 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.
Italian Landrace 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 Italian Landrace Pig has an enamel coating that makes the pigs teeth stronger and helps it curb disease. Italian Landrace Pigs chew their food because pigs have a digestive system similar to a human digestive system and cannot digest food that is not chewed.
The "scientific name for Pig is 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. The "fear of pigs Swinophobia".