Facts about Pietrain Pigs, Pietrain is a domestic pig breed, which hails from Wallonia, which is the mainly French-speaking southern part of Belgium in Western Europe. The "Pietrain Pig" breed is named after the small village, Pietrain that comes under the control of the Jodoigne Walloon municipality, situated in the Belgium Province. The Pietrain Pig breed became popular during the 1950s at the time of the complicated period of the pig market during the period 1950-51. Soon, the Pietrain Pig breed became popular and it was exported to other worldwide countries. During the period 1960-61, the Pietrain pig breeds were introduced into Germany, with the major breeding areas being Nordrhein-Westfalen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Baden-Württemberg. The Pietrain Pig breeds are usually exercised in crossbreeding in Germany to perk up the quality of meat produced.
Features of Pietrain Pig
The Pietrain pig breed is an average size pig. The Pietrain Pig boars weigh 530 to 570 pounds (240 to 260 kg) and the sows 485 to 530 pounds (220 to 240 kg). It has a white color body with black color spots. Around these black color spots, there are typical rings of light pigmentation are available, which carries white color hair. This, together with the fact that the black color hair is not as intensely pigmented as on black pig breeds, or the black color spots on a few dotted pig breeds, leaves them with below the most eye-catching coats. The Pietrain Pig breed is generally referred to as being of multicolored markings. The ears of the Pietrain pig breed are carried vertically.
The saliva of Pietrain 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 Pietrain Pigs discharge this steroid and female pigs will go to vast lengths to acquire a smell of the sent.
The Pietrain pig breed is fairly distinct, and they have shorter legs when compared to most other pig breeds. The Pietrain Pig breeds are stockier in construction, and they are fairly wide along their back. The hams of the Pietrain Pigs are very bulging and well-built. The hams of the Pietrain Pigs carry a very high percentage of lean to fat. The Pietrain Pigs excelled in functional lean, containing 66.7 percent of meat when compared to the Belgian Landrace pig breeds that are recognized for their 63.2 percent of their meat.
However, these Pietrain pigs have less fat content by cutting out 24.5 percent when compared to 23.4 percent meat. The hams of the Pietrain pig breed averaged to 24.6 percent when compared to 23.4 percent of hams of other pig breeds. In lean to fat ratio, the Pietrain Pig breed had 9.2 to 1 whereas the contrast was 6.3 to 1. These relative figures, and the status of the Pietrain Pig breed for extremely high quality lean, create the breed a preferred one for the processing of fresh meat. Furthermore, most pork of the Pietrain pig breed is marketed as fresh meat in Belgium.
The Pietrain pig breed has developed a status for perking up the quality of market pig when the male pigs are used on female pigs of other pig breeds, particularly the Belgian Landrace breed. Though the female Pietrain pigs of the breed are prolific, they are short of milk production and in some mothering features.
While the Pietrain pig breed has lately been losing fame in its indigenous country, the breed has the prospective for providing hereditary development in carcass quality. The Pietrain Pig breed is experimented frequently in Belgium for the selection of the best performing lines of pig in the eight analysis stations that are spread over the country.
Pietrain 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 pig or hog is defined as a wild boar" can be a very big danger where humans habitat.
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.
Pietrain Pigs unlike is said, happen to be very clean animals. Pietrain 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 Pietrain Pig averages 6 to 10 baby piglets in a litter and will have two to three litters per year. The Pietrain Pig sows nurse their piglets for about three to five weeks. When Piglets are weaned off of their mother’s milk, they are not called piglets but are known as shoats. Piglets at birth weigh about 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms), and on average, will double their weight in one week.
Pietrain 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 Pietrain 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 Pietrain 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.
Pietrain 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 Pietrain Pig has an enamel coating that makes the pigs teeth stronger and helps it curb disease. Pietrain Pigs chew their food because pigs have a digestive system similar to a human digestive system and cannot digest food that is not chewed.
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 wild pig is called a (boar). The lifespan of a Pietrain Pig is between 9 and 15 years
Pietrain 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.
Pietrain Pigs are very intelligent, not like people think, that pigs are dumb animals. A Pietrain Pig can drink between 10 to 14 gallons (37.8 to 53 liters)of water in a day. Pietrain Pigs are omnivores like humans, an omnivores, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). The Pietrain Pig snout is its most important tool for finding food. The Pietrain Pigs snout is used for their excellent sense of smell and they have poor eyesight.
Pietrain Pigs can carry a variety of diseases and can pass them to humans. Pietrain Pigs have small lungs compared to their body size.
"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. The "fear of pigs Swinophobia".