Middle White is a rare but distinctive breed. This "beautifully
ugly" pig more than deserves its fame as a British pork pig
of the early 1900s. Japan has paid tribute to the breed by erecting
a monument to the Middle White "for its outstanding eating
qualities". It is still popular in that country.
Middle White can offer a unique breed characteristic - a short
nose that makes it ideally suited for grazing, as opposed to rooting.
It is able to obtain a considerable part of its dietry requirments
from grass alone (except in extreme weather conditions). The sow
is an execellent, milk-yielding mother, being extremly caring
of her young, yet generally placid and easy to handle. The hardiness
of the Middle White sow combined with its docile nature makes
it an ideal outdoor pig. It does not require elaborate housing
or even expensive fencing.
early maturing nature of the Middle White enables it to be used
for quality pork production from 16 to 18 weeks of age. The Middle
White boar used on other pure breed females, produces a cross
breed that posseses most of the attributes of this special breed.
Pork from the Middle White boasts a wonderful much appreciated
taste, almost forgotten in these days of modern commercial production.
Because of its desirable flavour/characteristics it is increasingly
appreciated now and into the 21st Century.
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