About Fengjing Pigs
Fengjing pigs are from the town of Fengjing in Shanghai, China. They are
mainly found in the districts of Jinshan, Songjiang, and Wujiang. They are classified as a type
of Taihu pig which all occur in the
narrow region of mild sub-tropical climate around the Taihu Lake region.
Fengjing pigs are large black
pigs with large floppy ears. They are distinguished by their very wrinkly faces
and bodies. They are excellent breeders, producing two litters per year of an
average 12 piglets at first parity rising to 17 piglets at third parity with 12
surviving to be weaned. Litter sizes of up to 20 occur regularly. The pig grows
relatively slowly and has a good, succulent, taste.
peak of Fengjing production occurred around the late Qing Dynasty with annual
production of 200,000 pigs from the town of Fengjing.
recently, interest has grown in Western countries for the possibility of using
this pig in the female line of a breeding program with the hope that they can
improve the taste, disease resistance, and litter size while retaining the fast
growth of Western breeds, possibly using genetic engineering techniques.
Fengjing pigs were brought into the US in 1989 under a United States Department
of Agriculture scheme with the University
of Illinois and Iowa State University.