American Landrace swine

American Landrace swine

American Landrace swine, relatively new breed of swine developed from Danish Landrace hogs imported in 1934 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. They are totally white. Noted for their smoothness, length of body, and lean carcasses, these swine are prolific, fast-growing, and sturdy.
The American Landrace is a medium to large breed of domestic pig, white in color with long bodies, fine hair, long snouts, and heavy drooping ears. They are bred for pork production.

The American Landrace derives from the Danish Landrace of 1895 Danish origin. In the early 1930s the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark for the purchase of 24 Danish Landrace to be used for swine research studies, with the stipulation that they would not be commercially propagated as a pure breed. Landrace were subsequently used in numerous comparisons with American breeds.

In 1949, upon USDA petition, Denmark released the United States from its breeding restrictions. The American Landrace Association was formed in 1950, and the American Landrace breed was established from outcrosses with Norwegian and Swedish breeding stock.

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