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Question of the Week – Duroc

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2015

The question of the week was about a pig which is a Duroc. A Duroc is a breed of pigs that is red and has ears that flop forward. It’s named after a horse … with a name.

 I once showed a Duroc, as a Sumter county 4-H’er. At the time I had 2 pigs, a Hampshire and a Duroc. A Hampshire is black with a white stripe.

I was 9 years old and I had 2 pretty girls I liked, Renee and Linda. I wanted to name the pigs and since Renee was a redhead and Linda a brunette, I chose to honor them by naming my pigs after them.

I never understood why they didn’t seem to appreciate that.



“Durocs are red pigs with drooping ears. They are the second most recorded breed of swine in the United States and a major breed in many other countries, especially as a terminal sire. Durocs can range from a very light golden, almost yellow color, to a very dark red color that approaches mahogany.

In 1812, early “Red Hogs” were bred in New York and New Jersey. Large litters and the ability to gain quickly were characteristics Durocs possessed from the beginning. The foundation that formed today’s “Duroc” was comprised of Red Durocs from New York and Jersey Reds from New Jersey.

In 1823, a red boar from a litter of ten, whose parents were probably imported from England, was obtained by Isaac Frink of Milton in Saratoga County, New York, from Harry Kelsey. Kelsey owned a famous trotting stallion, named Duroc, and Frink named his red boar in honor of the horse. This boar was known for his smoothness and carcass quality.”

Source – National Swine Registry

This week our question is about this plant. Can you identify it? And also, what is it good for?



3 Responses to “Question of the Week – Duroc”

  1. Raymond Thompson said


  2. Tom W. Smith said

    Sunn Hemp…nitrogen supplier with nematode tolerance /resistance. Makes a good summer cover crop !!

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