The American Yorkshire pig is a breed of domestic pig. As the name suggests, it is from the United States and it is the American version of Large White pig. And it is the most recorded pig breed in the United States. The Yorkshire pig breed was developed in Yorkshire, England in 1761. The Yorkshire breed was first imported to the United States in 1830. It was specifically imported to Ohio, but it did not become popular until the late 1940s mainly because of their slow growth rate. During that time, for the ruggedness and favored carcasses of the large Yourkshires, many large Yorkshires were imported from Canada and England. And then the American Yorkshire pig breed improved rapidly through selection.
Currently the American Yorkshire pigs are found in nearly every American state. The largest population of the breed is found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Nebraska. Read some more information about the breed below.
American Yorkshire Pig Characteristics
The American Yorkshire pig is a large animal. It is mainly white in color and has erect ears. The modern animals are muscular with a high proportion of lean meat.
The mature sows on average weight around 204-295 kg. And average live body weight of the mature boars vary from 250 to 340 kg. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
The American Yorkshire pig is a rough and strong breed that can endure deviations in climate and other ecological factors. The sows are good mothers and their average litter size is about 13 piglets per sow. Yorkshire data have been maintained with great diligence, including growth, sow productivity, and backfat formation, representing the largest source of documented livestock performance records in the world. The breed was actually developed as a vigorous and outdoor breed. But it can also perform very well in confined or concentrated conditions. However, review full breed profile of the American Yorkshire pig in the following chart.
American Yorkshire Pig | Breed Profile
|Breed Name||American Yorkshire|
|Special Notes||Active, rough and strong, can adapt themselves in a wide variety of climatic conditions, sows are good mothers, average litter size is about 13 piglets per sow, very good for extensive pig farming system, also do well in confined or concentrated conditions|
|Climate Tolerance||All climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||United States|