Breed Profile: Hereford Hog

The Hereford hog is a decent-grazing, easygoing breed that fattens easily and adapts nicely to most climates.

| January 24, 2014

  • Hereford grower pigs reach slaughter weight of 250 pounds in 5 to 6 months, on less feed than most other breeds.
    Photo by Mars Vilaubi
  • The Hereford hog is a flashily colored pig with a long neck; wide, dished face; medium-size, drooping ears; and a curly tail.
    Illustration by Elayne Sears
  • “Homegrown Pork” by Sue Weaver is a comprehensive guide explaining how to humanely and safely raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

Homegrown Pork (Storey Publishing, 2013) by Sue Weaver guides you through the process of choosing a flavorful pig breed and instructs you on formulating a proper diet and providing safe and comfortable living quarters for your backyard animal. The following breed profile for the Hereford hog is from chapter 4, “Breeds.”

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Hereford Hog

Type: Modern meat

Origin: Iowa and Nebraska, United States



Color: Red with white face, belly, legs, and tail markings (exactly like those of Hereford cattle)

Size: Large






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