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Why Berkshire Hogs?
Circle B Ranch breeds, farrows and raises Heritage Berkshire Hogs. We decided on the breed because they are hardy animals that adapt well to pasture. Berkshire hogs are a rare breed that originated from Berkshire England. It has been said that the Berkshire Hog became popular with Cromwell and his troops during the English Civil War.
Berkshire Hogs have a good temperament for ease of handling and perform well in outdoor operations. They are friendly and curious animals and will follow you all around the pasture if you are doing any work. They are very sociable animals and you will find them playing with their litter mates.
Berkshire hogs are black with six white points and pink skin surrounding their nose. Their dark-colored skin reduces the chance of sunburn. They have a firm build, short neck and short blocky legs with strong feet. They are medium to large animals with the sows at about 500 pounds with the boar at around 700-800 pounds.
The Berkshire sows are good mothers and perform well on pasture. Since we raise our on pasture, the sows are stress free making for larger and healthier litters. At Circle B Ranch we have had litters as large as 14 piglets. There is nothing cuter than a bunch of sows nursing their piglets in the middle of a field.
Berkshire hogs are definitely the alternative to “the other white meat”. The meat from the Berkshire hog is dark and juicy, and has a rich flavor that as you are eating the meat you are thinking “So this is what pork should taste like…” Once you have tasted the deep rich flavor of Berkshire pork you will never buy supermarket meat again.