The pigs have landed at Hill Family Farm! For our first batch, we purchased 3, five-week old, Large Black/Yorkshire cross hogs.
Both Large Black Hogs and Yorkshire Hogs are heritage breeds and we are excited to be playing a small part in helping to sustain these great breeds.
What is so special about the Large Black Hog?
Perhaps the most important thing about Large Blacks is their pedigree. They retain the traits of their ancestors that lived on the pastures and woods of England in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are hardy animals able to handle the cold and heat. They can effectively convert pasture and goodies found in the ground into nutrition. Great mothering ability; good sized litters; longevity. Despite their large size they are well known as very docile hogs. Their dark coloring makes them more resistant to sunburn. And their pork might be the best available; micro-marbled and deliciously Old World flavor.
What is so special about the Yorkshire Hog?
Yorkshires are known as the “mother” breed because Yorkshire sows typically farrow and raise large litters of pigs. They too trace their heritage back to the farms of 18th century England. Yorkshires are white in color and have erect ears. The modern Yorkshire is very muscular, with a high proportion of lean meat and low backfat, in addition to being very sound and durable.
Combining these 2 breeds leads to pigs that thrive outside on pasture, resulting in pork that is leaner, healthier and tastier than anything you can buy at a super market. Starting out we will be selling our pigs in bulk, not individual cuts. In other words, you will be able to buy 1/2 a hog, or the whole hog. This provides you with better value and allows you to choose how your pork will be processed, cut and packaged. (More detailed info to come soon.)
These initial 3 pigs should be ready for market around the end of May, first part of June. We have had numerous folks express interest in our pork and expect these 3 to sell quickly. If you are interested, please call me asap (615-330-3153) or complete the form below to discuss pricing and placing a deposit on your share. (Pork FAQs and Pricing)