Frequently Asked Questions
Hogs registered with the LBHA must be 100% purebred Large Black. Crosses / mixed breeds are not eligible.
We need information about you, where you got the hog, proof that the hog is purebred Large Black, it’s date of birth and the litter number. First, send us the required information. You can fill in the online form from our website. We also need acceptable proof of the hog’s pedigree. Usually that means sending in a Litter Certificate or certificate of registration from the LBHA or another approved registry. If you buy a previously registered hog, please send us the original Registration Certificate. If you buy a new piglet, get a copy of the Litter Certificate from the breeder and send it to us indicating which piglet you bought. The hog you are registering must have ear notches tags (tags are not acceptable) that match the registration or litter certificate.
Please understand that only LBHA members can register hogs with us, so you may need to join the LBHA first.
A Litter Certificate is a form that we provide to the breeder when they have a new litter. It identifies the sire and dam of the piglets, how many piglets were born and survived to weaning, and lists all of the piglets that the breeder wants to register or sell as registerable pigs. It serves as proof of the piglet’s pedigree and can be used by buyers to register the piglets they purchase from a breeder. A copy is as good as the original as long as it is signed by the breeder. Litter Certificates are very useful not only to the breeder and purchaser but also to us; it gives us a head start on the registration process. You must get a Litter Certificate if you intend to register the piglets later or sell them as registerable. We will not register piglets that were not previously identified on a Litter Certificate. You can fill in the online form from our website.
Piglets must be appropriately marked (ear notches, tags are not acceptable) before they can be registered. We will not register pigs that are not appropriately marked.
Litter Certificates cost $7.00 per litter. Registration of the individual piglets costs $10.00 each and can be done at the time of requesting the Litter Certificate or later. You can send a check to the Registrar or pay via PayPal on our website.
If you just want to give us a birth notification (not sell any piglets as registered or registerable) there is no fee. You also don’t need to mark their ears. Birth notifications help us keep information on the proclivity of the sows and total number of Large Black hogs born each year. This information is very important to gauge the health of the breed, so please report your litters to us!
A Registration Certificate is a form that proves that a hog is registered with the LBHA. When we register a pig we provide the Registration Certificate to the owner. If an owner later sells the pig, he or she must provide the new owner with the original Registration Certificate filled out and signed in the appropriate place on the reverse. The new owner then sends that to us so that we can register it in their name. (A copy of the Registration Certificate is not accepted.)
Registration Certificates cost $10.00 per hog. An additional fee of $10.00 is required to transfer a registration into a new owner’s name. You can send a check to the Registrar or pay via PayPal on our website.
A Birth Notification is simply what it is called when a breeder notifies the LBHA that a sow has given birth but does not intend to register any of the piglets or sell them as registerable pigs. The LBHA uses this information to track the proclivity of sows and overall herd growth. We report this information (raw numbers only) to agencies that are involved in the protection of this rare breed, such as the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and its overseas counterparts. It is critically important that we track this information; for that reason we do not charge for Birth Notifications. If you have already requested a Litter Certificate you do not need to also make a Birth Notification.
When your sow has a new litter of piglets you will need to get a Litter Certificate from us; at least for the piglets that you plan to sell as registered or registerable hogs. You can fill in the online form from our website. It’s very important that you request the Litter Certificate before they are weaned and ready to sell; we will not register any piglet (from LBHA registered hogs) that was not previously reported on a Litter Certificate. The Litter Certificate has room to put who each piglet went to. You then sign it and provide a copy to each new owner who can use it to register their pigs.
Please understand that only LBHA members can register hogs with us, so you may need to join the LBHA first. If your customer wishes to register the pigs they purchase from you they will also need to join the LBHA. If you register the pigs in their name, this does not apply.
We need the original Registration Certificate for the hog. This can be from the LBHA or another acceptable registry. Please check with the Registrar if in doubt. We also need a check for the registration fee ($10.00) made out to “LBHA” (or you can pay via PayPal), along with your name, address, telephone number and email address. You can fill in the online form from our website. Make sure the hog is clearly marked (ear notches or tags) and that the marking exactly matches the information on the registration form. This is the only way you can confirm that the hog you are buying is the registered hog you expected.
Please understand that only LBHA members can register hogs with us, so you may need to join the LBHA first.
Ask the breeder for a copy of the Litter Certificate. The breeder should indicate which piglet(s) you are getting and sign the form. Make sure the piglet has ear notches that match the litter and birth sequence on the form. They can have tags as well, but we will not accept animals that have only tags. Send that form to us along with a registration form and a check for the fee (or you can pay via PayPal). You can fill in the online form from our website.
If the breeder has already registered the piglet, get the original Registration Certificate from the breeder, make sure the ear notches match, and send it to us along with your contact information. You will need to pay the registration fee to change it into your name (unless the breeder registered it in your name already).
If the breeder tells you that they are going to register the piglet in your name then ensure that this happens by following up with the breeder. You may contact the LBHA Registrar but please understand that we cannot contact the breeder for you or act as your agent.
Please also understand that only LBHA members can register hogs with us, so you may need to join the LBHA first.
There is a good explanation of this in our archives.
We only accept personal checks, money orders or PayPal at this time. Please make them out to “LBHA”.
Yes. You can join at the same time as you register your first pigs with us.
We require that all registered pigs have ear notches that correspond with their litter and birth sequence numbers. We have a guide to notching on our website.The LBHA will not accept ear tags alone as a method of marking hogs.
Marking each hog is essential for registration; we cannot register any hog without that. If a hog is not marked there is no way to prove that it matches a record in our database. If we were to allow unmarked hogs in our registry we would lose whatever integrity we have as an official registry. It is that integrity that gives value to registered hogs; your ability to sell them at a premium is directly affected by the customer’s faith in our registry. It is in your best interest to do it; so please make it happen. If not, we will not register your hogs.
It should only take a couple of weeks to get your certificates after we receive payment. However, if the information is incomplete or incorrect, the Registrar has to contact you for clarification and this may delay the process. Your check will take a bit longer to clear. In any case, if you feel it is taking too long please contact the Registrar.
Please understand, we are all volunteers and our lives often get in the way. Please be patient 🙂
Anyone who wishes can become a member of the LBHA. All it takes is a desire to help sustain this wonderful heritage breed!
We have annual and lifetime memberships. Annual memberships cost $20 and must be renewed each year within the month you joined. Lifetime memberships cost $200 and never need to be renewed. You can fill out the online form and pay via check or PayPal.
ACTIVE MEMBER: Any person, family or corporation located in North America who owns and breeds Large Black Hogs is eligible to become an Active Member of LBHA. Active Members must be current in their membership (in good standing) to be eligible to vote and/or hold elective office, and/or to register Large Black Hogs with LBHA.
ASSOCIATE MEMBER: Any person, family or corporation interested in the promotion of Large Black Hogs may become an associate member of the LBHA, and as such is entitled to all privileges of full membership except that they shall have no vote, nor shall they be eligible to hold elective office, nor shall they be eligible to register Large Black Hogs with the LBHA.
One of the benefits of membership is having your name listed in the member breeder list. You can put in logos as well as a short description of what you have or would like to have to help us all grow and develop the large black hog breed. Another very important benefit is that you will have access to the pedigrees of all hogs.
Yep. Any membership extends to all family members. However, Active memberships only allow one vote per family.
Yes. Our ByLaws have the following member obligations:
9.2 BREEDER OBLIGATIONS AND CODE OF ETHICS: Breeders are obligated to keep accurate records, to refrain from the introduction of other breeds of pigs or hogs to be presented for Registration or Progeny Testing, to practice honesty in all its forms in dealing with genetics of one’s herd of Large Black Hogs and in dealing with the public and potential purchasers of one’s stock, to conduct oneself with dignity and honesty at any breed organization public function in such a manner that enhances the image of Large Black Hogs. Breeders are obligated to register their litters or submit a birth notification within 90 days of farrowing, and/or to register their eligible Large Black Hogs with LBHA prior to sale, prior to use in breeding. Birth Notifications shall be filed with the LBHA Registrar for the purposes of adding information into the registry database. If they opt for a birth notification, Birth Notifications shall be free of charge to the breeder. As such time that the pigs would be bred or sold, an application for registration shall be filed and the adult hog registration fee would apply.
The first place to look is our Members page. Any member breeder may advertise their hogs for sale under their listings. Another place is in our Forum.
The seller should provide you with either the original Registration Certificate for the hog or a copy of the hog’s Litter Certificate. This is very important; we can’t register the hog without proof of heritage.
One very important thing to check is that the hog has ear notches that match information listed on the form. For example, if the registered name is “HGA Matilda 4/1 *0444” or if it is listed as “4/1” on the Litter Certificate, it must have notches on its ear that indicate that it is the fourth litter and first piglet from the litter. Ear tags alone are not an acceptable form of identification.
Occasionally you may encounter a pig that was first registered with a different registry. However, it must have correct ear notches to be registered with the LBHA.
It is very risky to purchase a hog that does not have correct ear notches. Without that, it is impossible to verify that the hog you are buying is the same hog that was registered or eligible for registration. The LBHA requires that all previously unregistered hogs must be notched correctly before they can be registered with us.
3. Where can I get info about raising Large Blacks?
We have an article in our archives and you can browse the Forum for discussions about this. Of course, just post a question in the Forum and the membership will help out!