THE LARGE BLACK HOG ASSOCIATION:
The Large Black Hog Association (LBHA) is the premier registry and support association for Large Black hogs in the United States. We are a non-profit association, managed by a group of dedicated volunteers, owners and breeders of this wonderful heritage hog.
The recovery of this breed in the United States is directly due to the efforts of our members. We are proud of our success and invite you to join us!
What is so special about the Large Black Hog?
Perhaps the most important thing about Large Blacks is their pedigree. These are “heritage” hogs. They retain the traits of their ancestors that lived on the pastures and woods of England in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are hardy animals able to handle the cold and heat. They can effectively convert pasture and goodies found in your woods into nutrition. Great mothering ability; good sized litters; longevity. Despite their large size they are well known as very docile hogs. Their dark coloring makes them more resistant to sunburn. And their pork might be the best available; micromarbled and deliciously Old World flavor.
Want some? Then look at our Member List and start finding your new pigs!
Try our Forum! It is a great place for comments, questions and discussions.
Check the FAQ page for answers to the most common questions.
The Blog is where you can find larger articles written by LBHA members.
Why should you register your pigs with the LBHA?
1. We are a member run organization. The LBHA consists of a wide variety of people with a common interest – ensuring the long term viability of the large black hog breed. The LBHA Board is elected from the membership and is responsible for helping each member succeed in their endeavors.
2. We accept any purebred large black hog for registration. Regardless of where it was born, or if it came from artificial insemination, if you can prove it is purebred you can register it with us.
3. We are more than just a registry. When you join the LBHA you gain access to a wide network of breeders and enthusiasts who can help with finding hogs, teach how to raise them, help you sell them and provide good contacts to veterinarians, processors, feed suppliers and other people who can help you.
4. All of your fees go back to help the membership. The LBHA is a nonprofit organization. The Board members and Registrar are all volunteers; we don’t have any paid staff. All of the money collected through registrations and donations is used to fund LBHA activities including outreach and maintaining the registry and this website.
5. Recognition and integrity. The LBHA has quickly become the registry of choice for serious breeders and buyers of large black hogs. We have gained this trust through ensuring the integrity of our registry. While we are easy to work with we have very high standards to make sure that only purebred hogs are registered. The registry database is monitored by two Board members in addition to the Registrar, providing checks and balances to verify that it is managed correctly. We also track the genetic diversity of our registered hogs; we are the only large black hog registry in the world that tracks the inbreeding coefficient of all registered hogs and provides help to our breeders to reduce inbreeding throughout the breed. We have established good relationships with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and large black hog organizations in other countries. When you advertise that your hogs are registered with the LBHA, your customers will know that they are getting great value for their money.
What is the difference between LBHA membership and website membership? Click here to find out.