Hampshire swine, breed of swine that originated in S England and was introduced to the United States in the early 1800s. Major improvement of the breed took place in the state of Kentucky. Hampshire swine are black with a white belt encircling the front of the body including the front legs and feet. They are meaty, medium-sized hogs with a smooth appearance and are active and alert animals.
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