The Large Black Hogs are remarkably well named even if they don't claim the most romantic sounding title on the farm. These breeding sows can grow to nearly six hundred pounds and the boars can get even larger. Here at Leaping Waters however, the breeding stock stays trimmer, closer to 400 pounds.

This breed is particularly well-suited to outdoor operations since their black skin soaks in the sun in the winter and prevents sunburn in the summer. They are excellent mothers who protect and feed litters of up to fourteen with extraordinary devotion. Their relaxed nature gives them an advantage in the meat they produce.

Although quite playful they tend to like to lie around in the mud and shade in the warmer months, which builds layers of fat and a micro marbling that makes for wonderfully tender and flavorful meat. Although they were originally bred to the baconer type, these are fantastic meat hogs whose loins, shoulders, ribs and bellies are palpably superior to their commercial cousins.