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THE LARGE BLACK HOG ASSOCIATION

The premier registry and support association for Large Black hogs in the United States.

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!

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE LARGE BLACK HOG?

Perhaps the most important thing about Large Blacks is their pedigree.

Perhaps the most important thing about Large Blacks is their pedigree. These are “heritage” hogs. They retain the traits of their ancestors that lived on the pastures and woods of England in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are hardy animals able to handle the cold and heat. They can effectively convert pasture and goodies found in your woods into nutrition. Great mothering ability; good sized litters; longevity. Despite their large size they are well known as very docile hogs. Their dark coloring makes them more resistant to sunburn. And their pork might be the best available; micromarbled and deliciously Old World flavor.

2053

REGISTERED HOGS

8863

TOTAL HOGS IN DATABASE

WHY REGISTER WITH THE LBHA?
WE ARE A MEMBER RUN ORGANIZATION

The LBHA consists of a wide variety of people with a common interest – ensuring the long term viability of the large black hog breed. The LBHA Board is elected from the membership and is responsible for helping each member succeed in their endeavors.

WE ACCEPT ANY PUREBRED LARGE BLACK HOG REGISTRATION

Regardless of where it was born, or if it came from artificial insemination, if you can prove it is purebred you can register it with us.

WE ARE MORE THAN JUST A REGISTRY

When you join the LBHA you gain access to a wide network of breeders and enthusiasts who can help with finding hogs, teach how to raise them, help you sell them and provide good contacts to veterinarians, processors, feed suppliers and other people who can help you.

ALL OF YOUR FEES GO BACK TO HELP MEMBERSHIP

The LBHA is a nonprofit organization. The Board members are all volunteers. All of the money collected through registrations and donations is used to fund LBHA activities including outreach and maintaining the registry (the LBHA pays its Registrar a small fee per transaction) and this website.

RECOGNITION AND INTEGRITY

The LBHA has quickly become the registry of choice for serious breeders and buyers of Large Black hogs. We have gained this trust through ensuring the integrity of our registry. While we are easy to work with we have very high standards to make sure that only purebred hogs are registered. The registry database is monitored by two Board members in addition to the Registrar, providing checks and balances to verify that it is managed correctly. We also track the genetic diversity of our registered hogs; we are the only Large Black hog registry in the world that tracks the inbreeding coefficient of all registered hogs and provides help to our breeders to reduce inbreeding throughout the breed. We have established good relationships with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and Large Black hog organizations in other countries. When you advertise that your hogs are registered with the LBHA, your customers will know that they are getting great value for their money.

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BREED STANDARD

CONFORMATION There's not a whole lot to add with this topic that we haven't already discussed. Just to reinforce or remind everyone to breed towards a wide deep chest and avoid shallow narrow builds.

CHEST: the standard says
"Chest: Large, wide, deep and broad.
Objections: Flat, shallow or narrow. "
Amy McKamey
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BREED CONFORMATION

CONFORMATION As far as the underline is concerned first of all it states full and straight. This is talking about the belly itself. When we are looking at our breeders we need to consider their potential of meat producing offspring and what comes from the belly?Well bacon of course! So we need to be considering that as a priority.
Secondly we need to look at our hogs as far as their ability to feed their babies. So we need to look at teat conformation and placement. We need to consider this not only on the females, but the male lines as well as they make up 50% of the genetics.

UNDERLINE our standard says:
"Underline: Full, straight underline with at least 12 sound, evenly well placed teats that start well forward."

Our standard says 12 sound evenly placed teats. If there are more, that's great, but not necessary. Conformation and placement is more important to nursing the babies properly then having an abundance. I have two reasons for saying this #1 is generally speaking our litter sizes range from 7-12 babies. Secondly is that many times when you get extra teats they are not always formed properly or supply milk well. Now that being said we produce piglets often with 14-16 teats, but I just don't want people to think that if they don't have that many that the hog is no good. As it is secondary to many other factors and if you have a great hog with 12 teats then by all means breed it!
Amy McKamey
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Large Black Hog Association updated their cover photo.
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2 weeks ago  ·  

Large Black Hog Association added 2 new photos.
Large Black Hog Association

BREED STANDARD

CONFORMATION The Sides and Ribs should be a fairly easy topic without a lot to add or describe. They should be long and strong and in well proportion with the rest of the hog. The key points here are actually the objections listed. I see all of these things in our breed at times. Narrow built and over conditioned and flabby. So make sure you are working on muscle and thickness in your hogs.

SIDES AND RIBS our standard says:
"Sides & Ribs: Long and moderately deep. Well sprung, strong and in proportion to the width of the shoulders and hams.
Objections: Shallow, narrow, flabby "
Amy McKamey
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2 weeks ago  ·  

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