The Breitovo Pig breed is one of the world’s largest breeds and one native to Russia.
A general-purpose breed of pig, they were originally developed in the Yaroslavl region of Russia. They resulted from the crossing of local pig breeds, with the Danish Landrace breeds and other medium to large sized white pig breeds.
Their large size is partially the reason why the breed became so popular in Russia, leading to it becoming widespread throughout the northwest of the country, particularly in the Urals and Volga region of the country.
Characteristics and Uses -
A very large breed, the Breitovo breed is primarily raised for meat purposes.
In fact, mature Breitovo boars can weigh anything from 310 to 330kgs, with sows varying from 220-240kgs. Their meat is famed for is excellent marbling and high protein-quality index. It is also reported to have a good colour intensity.
They are a predominantly white coloured breed, though some dark variations have also been reported. Their head is medium-sized, with a noticeable curve. Their neck is also medium in size, broad and very muscular in appearance. They are a very wide-bodied variety, very muscular in general. The Breitovo breed also have very sturdy, strong, well-developed legs.
A breed primarily raised for meat production, due to their size, Breitovo sows are also known for being very prolific and having litters of piglets twice a year. Their litters average in size from 11-12 piglets, with Sows remaining prolific until 5-6 years.
One sow, called Rosa, is reported to have had 206 piglets from 16 different litters, a world record! A docile and calm breed, they Breitovo are also very hardy and are capable of adapting to low temperatures.
The first Russian breed to be featured in this series and definitely not a bad one to start off with. The big, strong and prolific Breitovo pig.