Berkshire Pork: Breeding and Raising Heritage Pigs
The goats may have kicked off breeding season, but now its time for our Berkshire pigs to get pregnant with next year’s piglets!
We breed and raise Bershire pork at the ranch. This heritage pig breed originates from Berkshire County in the United Kingdom. Berkshire pork is very popular in Japan, where it is described as “the Kobe beef of pork.” It has an overall depth of flavor that is simply unachieved in standard pork breeds, with distinct marbling, texture and succulence. Without question, Berkshire pork is some of the most delicious meat available.
Berkshire pigs have a gestation time of 116-118 days, and each sow will typically give birth to between 5 and 14 piglets. We plan to breed 6-8 of our sows this year, and have high hopes that we’ll be greeting the perfect number of little squeakers come springtime.
Willow-Witt Ranch is proud to be a good steward of the earth. We believe that animals raised in natural, happy and healthy environments enhance the health of those seeking out quality food. Our Berkshire pigs spend their lives on rotational pastures, which ensures that they have plenty of space to roam, along with access to an abundance of fresh wild foods. They breathe clean mountain air and drink pure spring water.
Our respect for the land and animals is a guiding force in everything that we do, and we are thankful for the opportunity to share this way of life with so many people.
Interested in learning more about what we do at Willow-Witt Ranch? We invite you to be in touch!