The Belgian landrace, also known as the Belgian lop-eared, Belgian improved landrace, or the improved Belgian, is a breed of domestic pig that can be found in northern areas of Belgium. It was developed when English pigs were imported into Belgium, after which time they were improved upon until 1930, when they were bred with German landrace pigs. The resulting breed was crossbred with Dutch landrace pigs in 1945 and later other breeds including those from Germany and Luxemburg. This breed does not have as many distinct characteristics as other landrace pigs, but it does hold more muscle.
The Belgian landrace is often use in pork production, so it is bred with other breeds to improve the quality of the meat. Testing has been conducted for many years in order to maximize lean meat and decrease fat in the pork, so it is known having a low fat content. Today, breeding is typically conducted between Belgian sows and Piétrain boars and the offspring are then bred back into the lines of Belgian landrace pigs. This increases the quality and leanness of the meat.
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