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Breed Eligibility Requirements


Duroc Breed Eligibility Requirements

Updated by the board of directors of the United Duroc Swine Registry
– March, 2015

  1. Duroc barrows or gilts exhibited as market animals:
    1. Must be red in color and possess Duroc breed character. Ears must be down.
    2. Must be ear notched within seven days of birth.
    3. Must NOT have any white hair located on the animal.
    4. Must NOT have any black hair located on the animal.
    5. Must NOT have more than three black spots on the skin, and none of these spots can be larger than two inches in diameter.
    6. Must NOT have any shading or indication of a belt.
    7. Must have no evidence of an extra dewclaw.
    8. Must be stress negative.
    9. There are no underline requirements to exhibit Duroc barrows or gilts as market animals.
  2. Duroc boars and gilts intended for breeding:
    1. Must meet the above requirements (except item 1.i.), along with the following to be eligible for recording and exhibition in a breeding animal class:
      1. The United Duroc Swine Registry (UDSR) will allow Durocs to be recorded with less than 12 teats. However, to be exhibited at breeding stock shows, Durocs must possess six or more functional teats on each side of the underline. Pin teats and inverted nipples are not considered functional.
      2. A boar must not have a physical defect (including but not limited to an adhered or tied penis, limp penis, infantile penis and coiling of the penis in the diverticulum), which would hinder proper delivery of semen, and the boar must extend his penis without physical manipulation excluding the expression of the sheath fluid; if a boar cannot meet the above requirements, his pedigree will be canceled.

Hampshire Breed Eligibility Requirements

Updated by the board of directors of the Hampshire Swine Registry
– March, 2016

  1. Hampshire barrows or gilts exhibited as market animals:
    1. Must be black in color with a white belt starting on the front leg. The belt may partially or totally encircle the body. Animal is eligible if it has a black head and the body is totally white.
    2.  Must possess Hampshire breed character (ears must be erect and not rounded).
    3. Must be ear notched within seven days of birth.
    4. Must NOT have any white hair or indications of streaking on the forehead.
    5. Must NOT have any red hair.
    6. Must NOT have any evidence of an extra dewclaw.
    7. Must be stress negative.
    8. There are no underline requirements to exhibit Hampshire barrows or gilts as market animals.
  2. Hampshire boars and gilts intended for breeding:
    1. Must meet the above requirements (except item 1.a.), along with the following to be el­igible for recording and exhibition in a breeding animal class:
      1. Black in color with a white belt totally encircling the body, including both front legs and feet.
      2. Animal can have white on its nose as long as the white does not break the rim of the nose, and when its mouth is closed, the white under the chin can NOT exceed what a U.S. minted quarter will cover.
      3. White is al­lowed on the rear legs as long as it does NOT extend above the tuber calis bone (knob of the hock).
      4. Hampshire swine classified as off-belts may be used for breeding purposes, with offspring eligible for registration with the NSR. Off-belts will continue to be eligible to be shown in market hog classes, but will not be eligible for exhibition in breeding swine shows. This policy is retro­active and will allow litters to be registered that were not eligible previously, due to the Hampshire Swine Registry off-belt requirements.
      5. Hampshire breeding animals may be recorded with less than 12 teats. However, to be exhibited at breeding stock shows, Hampshires must possess six or more functional teats on each side of the underline. Pin teats and inverted nipples are not considered functional.

Landrace Breed Eligibility Requirements

Updated by the board of directors of the American Landrace Association
– March, 2015

  1. Landrace barrows and gilts exhibited as market animals:
    1. Must be white in color and possess Landrace breed character (ears must be down).  Refer to ideal Landrace photo.
    2. Must be ear notched within seven days of birth.
    3. Must NOT allow any color hair other than white.
    4. Must NOT allow more than three spots of skin pigmentation.
    5. Must NOT allow any spot of skin pigmentation larger than one U.S. minted quarter.
    6. Must have no evidence of an extra dewclaw.
    7. Must be stress negative.
    8. Must not have hernia or rupture – both scrotal and abdominal.
    9. Must not have hermaphroditism.
    10. Must not have cryptorchidism.
    11. Barrows must not have one testicle or any pronounced abdominal condition of the testicles.
    12. Must have at least six functional udder sections on each side of the underline.  Pin teats and inverted nipples are not considered functional.
  2. Landrace boars and gilts intended for breeding:
    1. Must meet the above requirements along with the following to be eligible for recording and exhibition in a breeding animal class:
      1. A boar must not have a physical defect (including but not limited to an adhered or tied penis, limp penis, infantile penis and coiling of the penis in the diverticulum), which would hinder proper delivery of semen, and the boar must extend his penis without physical manipulation excluding the expression of the sheath fluid; if a boar cannot meet the above requirements, his pedigree will be canceled.

Yorkshire Breed Eligibility Requirements

Updated by the board of directors of the American Yorkshire Club
– March, 2015

  1. Yorkshire barrows or gilts exhibited as market animals:
    1. Must be white in color and possess York­shire breed character (ears must be erect).
    2. Must be ear notched within seven days of birth.
    3. Must NOT have any color hair except for white.
    4. Must NOT have more than two pigmentation spots larger than a U.S. minted dime or one pigmentation spot larger than a U.S. minted quarter. These pigmentation spots (com­bined) can NOT exceed a U.S. minted silver dollar.
    5. Must have no evidence of an extra dewclaw.
    6. Must be stress negative.
    7. There are no underline requirements to record and exhibit Yorkshire barrows or gilts as market animals.
  2. Yorkshire boars and gilts intended for breeding:
    1. Must meet the above requirements (except item 1.g.), along with the following to be eligible for recording and exhibition in a breeding animal class:
      1. Must possess six or more functional teats on each side of the underline to be recorded and exhibited. Pin teats and inverted nipples are not considered functional.
      2. A boar must not have a physical defect (including but not limited to an adhered or tied penis, limp penis, infantile penis and coiling of the penis in the diverticulum), which would hinder proper delivery of semen, and the boar must extend his penis without physical manipulation excluding the expression of the sheath fluid; if a boar cannot meet the above requirements, his pedigree will be canceled.