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Pig breeds: Kolbroek pig

Pig breeds: Kolbroek pig

Origin, diffusion and production characteristics

Area of ‚Äč‚Äčorigin: South Africa.

Kolbroek pig is recognized as a traditional and indigenous breed by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. There are different hypotheses on its origin and its arrival in South Africa: some historians claim that it was introduced by Portuguese merchants in the fifteenth century, others believe that some leaders were on board a ship, the "Coalbrook", which was wrecked in 1778. Pigs were often transported on ships to provide fresh meat while traveling, given the absence of chilling methods. It is common belief that, like most pigs, Kolbroek also originates in China. Another theory claims that the name derives from the lighter patches on the thighs: kol (stain) broek (thigh).
In the past, these pigs were widespread on small farms across South Africa, highly valued by Afrikaan farmers. Today it is possible to find scattered and isolated populations in the provinces of KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

The meat is dark and very tasty.

Morphological characteristics

Medium size.

The overall color of the Kolbroek varies from black with white legs to gray or light ginger with gray or white legs. The white spots (which should be round) are normally found on the hips and hindquarters of the animal. They usually have a characteristic mane. The profile of the head is concave with medium-long ears. The orientation of the ear is lateral. The muzzle is short.


Kolbroek breed (photo www.farmersweekly.co.za)


Kolbroek breed (photo https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Danie-Visser-Kolbroek-Pigs-Varke-830879376994186/)


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