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The Belgian Landrace is a muscular white breed with heavy drooping ears. They are known as “the butcher’s pig” one of the most commonly used breeds of pork for the consumer market. The Belgian Landrace can be described as a very practical type of breed with good fertility, sound body mechanics, and are good mothers with plenty of milk for their piglets.

The Belgian Landrace has met the demands of producing top quality fresh pork for the consumer marketplace. The breed has also sparked interest from other countries with similar goals in crossbred swine production.

The Belgian Landrace breed's development began in the late 1920's, with the native Landrace type, which sought to improve their short fat and poorly muscled traits. In the early 1930's, the German Landrace was introduced and crossed with the native stock. The German stock that was introduced was said to have had an infusion of British Large White. About a decade later, the Dutch Landrace breed were imported and crossed with the Belgian Landrace to boost fertility, constitutions, stature, and add a faster rate of growth to the breed.

Producing a very high quality of fresh, lean meat with minimum fat cover is the number one goal in Belgium. Most pork is marketed to consumers as fresh pork rather than as cured or processed meats. Overall, Belgium continues to test their swine and monitor production very carefully while striving to improve quality. This breed is an excellent example of selection and crossbreeding that consistently produces top quality fresh pork.

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