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 cross our Tamworth sows with our Berkshire boar for amazing pork that is a little leaner than the purebred Berkshire.
How to Buy
Call 650-642-1690 or email us to reserve or order meats.
The Tamworth has long been considered the best bacon hog. It's meat is lean and flavorful. We cross the Tamworth on our Berkshire boar because we do not have a Tamworth boar. While we just stumbled upon this cross we have since learned this was a popular cross in the 1800's.
All hogs are available by the half and whole animal.
Our Tamworth/Berkshire pork is $6/lb based on the hanging weight.
The hanging weight for whole hogs typically range from 140 to 180 lbs - half a hog from 70 to 90 lbs. Sometimes they are larger - we had one that topped out at 200lbs hanging weight.
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.