The Cinta Senese is a venerable breed with a rich history originating in the Siena area, specifically around Monteriggioni, Sovicille, and Poggibonsi. Its legacy traces back to the 14th century, as depicted in frescoes portraying pigs adorned with the distinctive white belt reminiscent of present-day Cinta pigs. At its peak, approximately 20,000 Cinta Senese pigs roamed the region, with an equal number thriving in neighboring provinces.
Rustic and resilient, these pigs excel in grazing and exhibit exceptional maternal instincts. Male Cinta Senese pigs can exceed 150 kilograms by their first year, while females typically reach around 140 kilograms. Noteworthy for their robust fat deposits, particularly along the back, this breed is devoid of common defects such as Porcine Stress Syndrome (PSS), Pale, Soft, and Exudative meat (PSE), and sour meat. Their affinity for grazing makes them remarkably economical feeders.
The Cinta Senese boasts a striking appearance, characterized by a coat of black or slate grey accented by a distinctive white belt spanning the withers, shoulders, and lower limbs. Their muzzle features a long, straight profile, typical of tardy breeds. Medium-sized ears, slightly inclined and forward-leaning, complement their overall aesthetic.
With a medium-sized frame, sows typically weigh between 160 to 180 kilograms, while boars reach approximately 200 kilograms during the reproductive phase. Their sturdy, moderately long limbs reflect their adeptness as proficient walkers, contributing to their adaptability to diverse environments.
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