British Landrace

British Landrace

Key Characteristics

The British Landrace is a very versatile breed, performing well under either indoor or outdoor systems of management. Sows have the ability to produce and rear large litters of piglets.


  • The first Landrace pigs were imported into Britain from Sweden in 1949 (4 boars and 8 gilts).
  • The British Landrace Pig Society was formed in 1950 and joined forces with NPBA now the British Pig Association in 1978.
  • The British Landrace breed has expanded rapidly to occupy its present position as one of the UK’s most popular breeds of pig.
  • However, as with other breeds, the breed has suffered in recent years due to low pedigree registrations.


The Landrace is a large, white pig.  They have heavy drooping ears.



Piglets have very good daily gain and high lean meat content, in a superbly fleshed carcase, which is ideal for either fresh pork or bacon production.

Cross Breeding

The greatest strength of the Landrace is its undisputed ability to improve other breeds of pig when crossed to produce hybrid gilts – over 90% of hybrid gilt production in Western Europe and North America uses Landrace bloodlines as the foundation for the profitable production of quality pigmeat.

However it is important that we maintain the original breed so that hybrids can continue to be produced. 

Did you know?

In 1955, a report was produced that advised farmers to focus on just three pig breeds, the Large White, the Welsh and the British Landrace, in order to increase profitability. This resulted in the decline of many of our other native breeds.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust is the leading national charity working to conserve and protect the United Kingdom's rare native breeds of farm animals from extinction. We rely on the support of our members, grants and donations from the public to raise the £700,000 a year needed to maintain our conservation work with rare UK native breeds of farm animals. Visit to see how you can help.

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