The Middle White is recognisable in a crowd!
The Middle White is one of the most distinctive white pigs because of its short nose that some say makes it look like it has run into a wall.
The Middle White is a cheeky, friendly pig that became known as the ‘London Porker’ because of its popularity in London restaurants.
Read on to learn more about keeping this breed, the BPA's conservation efforts and much more!
All the boar lines have been frozen but we need an additional 3 boars to meet the Phase 1 target of 10 boars in the genebank.
With half the boars in a single herd we need to distribute the lines around the country. A Revival boar from the list of least related sows was used to produce two boars for distribution last year.
We need help to freeze another 3 boars and get move sows into the North and South regions.
The Middle White, deriving originally from the Large White and Small White (this unfortunately became extinct in 1912) has a quirky but distinctive look. This distinctive looking pig appeals to many.
The Middle White originates from the crossing of the Large White and the Small White in the 1850s in Yorkshire, officially being recognised as a breed in 1852.
It became known as a pork breed and grew in popularity as a result in the first half of the 20th century, widely exported as well as being increasing popular within London - even gaining the title of ‘the London Porker’.
Middle White breeding stock has been exported world wide, and the breed is particularly appreciated in Japan where they are known as “Middle Yorks”.
In recent years many highly regarded chefs such as James Martin has commented on the quality of the meat and crackling these pigs produce.