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A traditional British pig breed with prick ears. It originated when Small and Large whites were crossed in Keighly in Yorkshire, during the 1850's.
They have a short, wide head with a 'squashed' face giving them a distinctive appearance. This quality also means that the breed is less inclined to root than their longer-snouted cousins in other breeds.
Middle White's are early-maturing and quick growing, and produce excellent, sweet-tasting, pork. Evidently, this has been specially recognised in Japan, where the Emperor is said to eat no other type of pork and where a shrine has been dedicated in the breeds honour.
'Middle Whites' have fallen out of favour, as they don't fit in with factory farming methods. They are now listed as 'vulnerable' The Rare Breeds Survival Trust - so your support is needed. For more information contact: The British Pig Association, Scotsbridge House, Scots Hill, Rickmansworth, Herts. WD3 3BB. Tel: 01923-695295. or The Middle White Pig Breeders Club, Benson Lode, 50 Old Slade Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire, SLO 9DR. Tel: 01753-654166. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'