Berkshires are a rare heritage breed of pig originating in the English county of Berkshire over 300 years ago. They are Black in color with white points on the feet, nose and tail. Berkshires are a medium – large size breed weighing about 600 lbs when fully mature. They are a non-aggressive, even friendly breed that are very hardy and do excellent on pasture. These are some of the reasons why we choose to raise them. The other reason is they taste absolutely incredible!
Unlike commercial pork, “the other white meat” that is bland and flavorless, Berkshire pork is a top-quality meat with a beautiful pink-hue and is well marbled making it juicy, tender and full of rich flavor. The fat can also be rendered and used for cooking and is excellent when used for baking.
Our Berkshires are raised outdoors in the sunshine and we use a rotational pasture system where they are moved to fresh grass as needed. We also feed them a non-soy, non-GMO grain that is grown without the use of any pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or other chemical sprays. They are fed a controlled amount of grain each day so they spend more time out in the pasture and trees doing what pigs do, rooting and looking for food. We also do not use any growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics.
It’s amazing how healthy pigs can be when they are given the chance to behave in the way that nature intended them too.