The Berkshire breed is well known for its amazingly flavorful meat. In Japan they call it Kurobuta and it is much sought after. The Berkshire has also been used to improve other breeds of hog throughout the world.
The Tamworth hog is a slow growing breed that is appreciated as a great bacon hog due to its deep sides and ability to grow large without putting on too much extraneous fat. Being slow growing, Tamworths were traditionally pasture raised and thus have evolved for a pasture lifestyle. We raise purebred Tamworths and also cross our Tamworth sows with our Berkshire boar for amazing pork that is a little leaner than the purebred Berkshire.
Last year's Experiment - Glouchester Old Spots
We have two litters of registered Tamworth hogs born in September 2016. Registered boars and gilts will be available for sale
and ready to go to their new home at the end of October 2016.
Purebred Berkshire and Tamworth/Berkshire Cross Hogs
Heritage hogs thrive outdoors eating a natural diet. They have thick hair and pigmented skin that protect them from the sun. They enjoy rooting in the dirt, making mud holes to wallow in, and running in playful herds.
Our full grown breeding hogs weigh 600 to 800 lbs
Our sows and boar know their name and are very tame and gentle
Full grown hogs can break a person's thigh bone with a bite - so being tame and gentle is a very important trait for our breeding hogs!
What our Pigs Eat
The taste of pork is highly influenced by what a hog eats more so than any other farm animal. A hog eating sweet grains tastes sweet. A hog eating sagebrush tastes like sage. There are even some farms that offer specialty diets for hogs like "cranberry and hazelnut" since that imparts a different taste in the meat. Good tasting pork starts with hogs that are fed a good tasting diet.
Equally important is feeding wholesome foods consistently through their life so that proper marbling is established as the hog grows in size. Forcing a hog to grow fast and "lean" on a high protein diet and then fattening it up in the last month will give you lean meat with lots of skin fat. It won't produce the marbling in the meat that keeps it moist when cooking and imparts such excellent flavor.
We also believe natural foods are the best for hogs and for the people eating our pork. Natural feeding means our hogs get a mixture of nutritional dense foods and roughage. They are never fed antibiotics, ruminant by-products, GMOs, or growth hormones. It takes hogs longer to grow on a natural diet but they are healthy, happy, and satiated during their life.
Our hog's diet includes:
Home grown grain hay, alfalfa hay, wheat, barley, heirloom corn, walnuts, almonds, and eggs. We have been able to get heirloom seed for our hay, wheat, corn, and barley crops and save some of the seed for next year's planting. Everything we grow here is non-GMO.
Sometimes they get treats of milk and whey (no hormones) and fresh (not rotten!) organic veggies
Check out our video of heritage hogs enjoying a pasture we planted just for them.
Did you know?
Pigs are born with their eyes open and are able to walk within minutes of birth. Our sows are good Mothers and very careful with their babies. We never use farrowing crates nor do we clip tails or teeth on the piglets.