The Thuoc Nhieu is a rare breed of pig, which is native to the sweet water zones of the Mekongh River Delta in Southern Vietnam.
The breed came about after the crossbreeding of Yorkshire pigs and BoXu pigs at some time in the 1930’s. The breed retains the colouration similar to that of the Yorkshire pig, white skinned with piebald bristles.
The breed, as mentioned, are white in colour with piebald hairs and an average sized body.
The breed also have pointed ears, like their Yorkshire ancestors. The Thuoc Nhieu differ from to other breeds in that they are more than capable of thriving in topical weather conditions, such as those witnessed in the Mekongh River delta regions. The breed is also famed for its high growth rates, which are much higher than other breeds. A study on breeds and their different growth rates found that the Thuoc Nhieu pigs have the highest average daily growth at 0.5kgs, compared to other indigenous breeds.
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At full maturity, the Thuoc Nhieu breed can weigh anything from 120 to 160kgs. In fact, the Thuoc Nhieu breed is capable of reaching a live weight of 100kgs at just ten months old. Thuoc Nhieu sows are also famed for their mothering skills and prolificacy. Sows can average between 8 to 10 piglets per litter. Sows tend to nurse piglets for a period of up to five weeks, with piglets weighing approximately 1.1kg at birth. They double in weight in one week.
A very intelligent breed, the Thuoc Nhieu are also good foragers. They have an excellent sense of smell, which makes up for having poor eyesight, and allows them to find foods to eat. The breed, nowadays, is primarily raised for meat purposes, though some raise Thuoc Nhieu pigs as pets also, due to their docile nature.
In pork production, their meat is used for pork chops, hams, sausages and bacon. One of the world’s rarest breeds and one only developed less than one hundred years ago, the Thuoc Nhieu will hopefully continue to thrive for at least one hundred more.