About Chester White Pigs
Chester White pigs originated
in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Chester White was first developed around 1816,
using strains of large, white pigs common to the Northeast U.S. and a white
boar imported from Bedfordshire. Also
some believe that Chinese pigs might have been added as well.
a breed association was officially formed but competing organizations,
sometimes for individual strains, continued to appear into the early 20th
century. Finally in 1930 all breed organizations were consolidated under the
Chester White Swine Record Association.
the Chester White is a versatile breed suited to bothintensiveand extensive husbandry. Though not as
popular as the Duroc, Yorkshire,
or Hampshire,the Chester White is actively used in
commercial crossbreeding operations for pork. The Chester White is the most
durable of the white breeds; it can gain as much as 1.36 pounds (0.62 kg)
a day and gain 1 pound (0.45 kg) for every 3 pounds (1.4 kg) of grain
it is fed. However since they are white they get sunburns easily and they need shade
in the summer.