About Minzhu Pigs
pigs, or Ming, Min, or Da Min, pigs come from far northern China. Minzhu means
can be found in the Middle Temperate Belt, to the north of the Huaihe River
Basin and the Qinling Mountains. The cold and dry climate of this region makes
the Minzhu very tolerant to cold temperatures and harsh feeding conditions.
They are also known as the Ming, Min, or Da Min. Minzhu is said to mean
Minzhu pigs are small pigs with very long black hair. This
hair has coarse, long bristles and a dense woolen undercoat in the winter. This
hair allows sows to farrow in an open shed at 4° C with issues.
Minzhu pigs are a prolific
breed, though not as prolific as the other breeds imported. They were
introduced into the United States under a cooperative effort of the USDA, the
University of Illinois, and Iowa State University. This effort also imported
Fengjing and Meishan pigs from China on July 27, 1989.