From the very beginning, we knew we definitely wanted pig on our farm. If we had to choose just one animal protein to eat for the rest of our lives, it would be the versatile and delicious pork.
And once we decided on raising pigs, we knew we would raise heritage breeds. Well, what the heck is a heritage breed pig?
What are heritage breeds?
Heritage breed pigs come from bloodlines going back hundreds of years when livestock were raised outdoors, not in factory farms. Heritage breed pigs thrive in the open air and on forage, and are slower growing then the factory farm pig. Heritage breeds are known for a variety of wonderful characteristics, including rich and hearty meat flavor, distinct marbling, and creamy fat.
Why Heritage Breeds?
The number one reason we raise heritage breed pigs is for the taste. Industrialized supermarket pigs are bred to be “the other white meat”; it is dry and flavorless. We like juicy, well-marbled, meaty-flavored pork. Many heritage breeds are known for having that meat quality, like the Gloucestershire Old Spot, Large Black, and Berkshire.