The current status of Korean native pig production
Korean native pigs (KNPs) have been one of the traditional livestock that have coexisted with the Korean people for centuries, primarily raised in rural areas of Korea. Korean native pigs have adapted to the climate and geography of Korean Peninsula for a long time, exhibiting excellent adaptability even in challenging environments. For these reasons, the preservation and purification of KNPs are crucial in securing unique genetic resources. Therefore, this review covers the characteristics, production status, commercial value and potential breeding directions of KNPs. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go for the improvement of KNP. It is crucial to acknowledge the current challenges, identify the issues, and dedicate our efforts wholeheartedly to the breed's improvement. Each section of this comprehensive review will play an important role in integrating related research and data into the overall findings. In-depth discussions on the genetic diversity, productivity, genetic conservation, ecological roles, and sustainability of KNPs will be crucial components in the future KNP business.