Ten British Lop piglets born recently in England are giving both animal and bacon lovers hope that the breed will survive.
The breed is Britan’s rarest, and is increasingly disappearing as other breeds which grow and sell faster take over the market.
The breed is said to have more succulent meat because of its laid back nature, although my only thought when I look at the pictures of these guys is just how cute they are. Those floppy ears are also a trademark of the breed.
Only about 2,000 of the breed are born each year, and numbers are dwindling. Pure bred Lops, like these, are even more rare. Only 54 bulls and 267 sows are registered with the British Lop Society.
Breeder Maggie Todd said at least a couple of the piglets will be kept for breeding or showing. The rest will end up as sweet, juicy bacon.
As much as I love bacon, I’d be in favor of keeping all of these guys alive. I just can’t get over how cute their ears are.
- Staff Writer Bryan Dean