About Yorkshire PigsAbout Yorkshire Pigs

Yorkshire pigs are one of the most common pig breed in North America. They are white and have upright ears. Black spots are not permitted. While the Yorkshire breed comes in three distinct sizes -- small, medium and large -- only the latter is traditionally found in the American pork industry. They are an extremely muscular pig and the typical Yorkshire carcass contains a great deal of lean meat, with little fat on the back.

The Yorkshire breed was developed in Yorkshire, England, in 1761. In 1830, the first Yorkshires were imported to Ohio; however, they have a slow growth rate, which made them less popular until the late 1940s. In the 1940’s the focus of the pork industry became more focused on size and many large Yorkshires were imported from Canada and England. The breed then improved rapidly through the selection of imported pigs.

Today, Yorkshire pigs are found in nearly every American state, with the highest populations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio.