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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.

2055

REGISTERED HOGS

8917

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

BREED STANDARD

CONFORMATION I know most breeds dock tails but in Large Blacks we do not. It is actually listed as a objection. They should have a nice thick tail. I have found personally in our Charlotte line they carry the gene for screw tail/kinky tail where their tails are often deformed and generally fall off. We are working with our Charlotte line to try and breed that out of them. I know for some tail docking is a management decision but just know that it is not necessary in this breed as I have never had issues with the piglets being that aggressive to chew off each others tails.

TAIL The standard says
"Tail: Thick and set moderately high
Objections: Thin, very short, set too low or too high "

Amy McKamey
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The Livestock Conservancy is working with the Large Black Hog Association to inventory all of the live hogs registered to breeders in the LBHA. We hope to determine how many actively breeding registered Large Black hogs are currently in the United States. This will help the LBHA update their records to more accurately reflect the status of the breed. It will also help the LBHA provide better service to all LBHA members and breeders.



We have contracted with Cathy Payne to contact members and complete the census by phone, if possible, or by email, as necessary. A conversation will be the most productive, and save you the time needed to complete forms. She will need to know how many of the hogs in our records are now deceased, which are no longer breeding, and additional information to give us a complete picture of the national herd and its health. Please respond to her requests in a timely manner, as the project is currently funded for only six months. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this endeavor.



If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please address them to Cathy Payne, cpayne@livestockconservancy.org,

Charlene Couch, ccouch@livestockconservancy.org,

or me Amy McKamey(active LBHA president along with my husband Alan) at amy@heritagemeadowsfarm.net
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2 weeks ago  ·  

Large Black Hog Association added 3 new photos.
Large Black Hog Association

BREED STANDARD

CONFORMATION Our breed is definitely known for its ears. SO when looking at the standard we need to take the look of such ears seriously. The ears should be long and lopped over the face. They should extend down over half way and I feel preferably close to the nose. They should be the same size and of even shape. If the hogs are to be breeders then they should have very clear ear notches. The LBHA will not accept registrations without ear notches. Make sure when purchasing hogs they are notched and the notches match their paperwork. I have shown a few examples of ears, but of course any of the previous photos ears can be looked at and critiqued as well. I have noticed many Large Blacks to have shorter ears. I would do your best to breed against this or try to correct it if you find that in your herd.

EARS Our standard says:
"Ears: Set wide apart, symmetrical in form and attachment, long and lopped over the face.
Objections: Thick and cabbage leafed. "

Amy McKamey
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2 weeks ago  ·  

Large Black Hog Association updated their cover photo.
Large Black Hog Association

Title: "Piggie Pile". Photo credit: Aimee Dickenson, Thornberry Ridge Farm, Draper, VA. (2018 LBHA Calendar Submission) ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

Large Black Hog Association added 6 new photos.
Large Black Hog Association

BREED STANDARD

CONFORMATION Many don't think of the jowl and cheek when looking at conformation. However it is used to make jowl bacon, or for us many times the chefs keep the head and make head cheese. Either way all parts of the body should be looked at for conformation. The main thing to consider here is to have a full broad strong jaw and jowl without it being flabby and loose. The first three photos are of an average jowl. The last two would be examples of excessive jowl. This generally happens when a hog is over weight.

JOWL AND CHEEK our standard says:
"Jowl & Cheek: Broad, full and smooth. Strong under jaw.

Objections: Loose, flabby or small, thin and wedge like. "

Amy McKamey
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3 weeks ago  ·  

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