A wide variety of plant and animal foods, including roots, vegetation, fruits, eggs and dead animals.
The Berkshire pig breed is sometimes referred to as “the lady’s pig”, thanks to it’s manageable size and friendly disposition.
A male pig is a “boar”. A young female pig is a “gilt”, until she produces a litter of piglets and then she becomes a “sow”.
Sus Scrofa Domesticus
The Berkshire pig is the oldest recorded breed of pig in the UK and originated in Reading, although it used to be a lot larger and in more colour varieties than the modern breed.
It is listed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as a priority breed as in 2008 there were as few as 300 sows left. It is, however, regarded as having the finest pork of all breeds due to it’s tenderness and being heavily marbled with flavourful fat. Therefore a renewed popularity from the Japanese market has helped greatly with the breed’s recovery.
Pig’s are social animals, so it is extremely important to give them the company of other pigs. Within the commercial farming industry, 93% of piglets and 63% of sows never get to see the outdoors and feel the sun on their backs, so it’s important to buy your pork from ethically raised sources where the pigs run free-range as ours do.
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