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British Lop Pig

The British Lop Pig is currently the rarest of all British pigs, and is classified on the RBST list as “Vunerable” meaning there are less than 300 registered breeding sows.

A british lop sow with 8 feeding piglets - very cute

A british lop sow with 8 feeding piglets – very cute

They used to be called the National Long White Lop-eared pig, which described them very well but was a bit wordy. They originated from the Devon/Cornwall border centred around Tavistock, and they didn’t seem to gain popularity elsewhere, despite their many good characteristics.

Guess why they call them Lop pigs - their ears are so large and droopy they can hardly see where they are going!

Guess why they call them Lop pigs – their ears are so large and droopy they can hardly see where they are going!

The British Lop is a large, plain white, conventional looking pig with very large, trade mark lop ears. The length and deep bodied shape gives an excellent carcase to finished stock. They do not easily run to fat and therefore produce excellent pork, ham and bacon. The British Lop boar crossed on other breeds gives a good quality animal too.

The dams make good mothers, milk well and have good sized litters of piglets. The British Lop is also docile in character and therefore easy to manage.