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Preserving biodiversity of Black Slavonian pigs through production and evaluation of traditional meat products

Đuro Senčić, Danijela Samac  (review paper)


The Black Slavonian pig is an autochthonous Croatian breed, lard production type created by planned crossing at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Due to lower productivity, black Slavonian pig was suppressed by meat pig breeds. For its preservation, the state also provides monetary incentives. In the long term, preserving the biodiversity of black Slavonian pigs is only possible on an economic basis, through the production of traditional meat products (kulen, ham, bacon, cracklings, fresh meat) with added value. With this in mind, it is necessary to standardize the quality of produced pigs and meat products, so that they become a recognizable brand on the domestic and foreign markets.

Correspondent author:
Danijela Samac, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek, Vladimira Preloga 1, 31000 Osijek, Croatia,