Mong Cai is one of the major local breeds in northern part of Vietnam, particularly
in provinces of North Mountain, the Red River delta and the northern part of Central
Coastline. It has small to medium body size. The head is black with small and upright
ears. Black patches are elsewhere on the body with a white band running from one side
of the abdomen over the shoulder to the other side of the abdomen, making a black
saddle over the middle of its concave back.
High prolificacy, good adaptation to poor-quality feed and disease resistance are
its favored characteristics. Gilts reach puberty at 2-3 months of age. Average litter
size at birth is of 12. Pig weighs 60 kg at 12 months of age, with backfat thickness
of 53-59 mm.
Nguyen Ngoc Tuan and Tran Thi Dan. National University of Ho Chi Minh City, College
of Agriculture and Forestry, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam