The quest for delicious pigs...Some of Carl Edgar Blake II's pigs, an Iowa Swabian Hall, left, and a Meishan sow, at a finishing farm. An Iowa Farmer’s Quest for No Ordinary Pig- Stephen Mally for The New York Times
The Meishan pig is a sub-group of the Taihu pig and is a small to medium-sized breed with large drooping ears, and wrinkled black skin. Native to a mild climate in Southern China, the breed is best known for its large litters of 15-16 piglets. Meishan pigs are perhaps one of the most prolific breeds of pig in the world. It is quite common to have two litters per year.
Wil-Brrrrrrr - A Meishan pig digs in the snow at the zoo in Berlin
GERMANY, Berlin : A Meishan pig is pictured in its enclosure in the zoo Tierpark in Berlin, Germany on June 28, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE
Meishan The breeds imported from China are slow growing and fat, but have a very good taste. They are considered to be resistant to some diseases and are able to consume large amounts of roughage. Meishan pigs are well fed and managed, being fed farm by-products and water plants, as well as concentrates. The Meishan breed is known for its wrinkled face and skin.
Meishan pig - HUGE!! From China