It is not uncommon to see the Basque pig at the Paris International Agricultural Show. This almost extinct swine have made good recovery in the conservation status. They were common in early 20th century and almost became extinct by 1981. The number of sows at that period were less than 100 sows.
Known by different names like Basque, Pie Noir du Pays Basque and Euskai Txerri. The pied, pink and black pig is native to Basque country in France.
The Basque people breed the animal for meat and production of traditional Basque foods. Today the Basque pig is raised by small farmers in Spain and France.
Cattle Feeding Guide
The Basque pig is a slow grower and have huge deposit of fat. They are unsuitable for intensive production of meat. However due to the fat content they are ideal for cured Bayonne ham, pork production.
Basque sows have strong maternal instincts and produce an average of 9 litters. The animal has huge black patches on the head and rump area while the rest of the body is pinkish.