Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our New Boar

Our new boar Hector hails from a small farm up north in Penasco.  He is a Hampshire cross.  We've raised Hector from a wee little piglet.  He is a very friendly and happy fellow with an enormous personality.  As you can see, this gentle boar enjoys a good belly scratching.

The American National Swine Registry notes this is probably the oldest American breed of hogs. Importations of this hog breed were thought to have been made from Hampshire in England between 1827 and 1839.   Hampshire hogs are noted for being well-muscled and rapid growers, and for exhibiting good carcass quality when used as meat animals.

Meet Rosy - Our New Tamworth Sow

Rosy is a Tamworth.  She's a year old.  Usually, she is quite a serious pig, but here she is all full of herself on a cool spring afternoon.  The Tamworth is among the oldest of pig breeds but as with many older breeds of livestock they are not well suited to modern production methods.  Long, lean, and athletic, the Tamworth is probably the most direct descendant of the native pig stock of northern Europe.

The Tamworth was traditionally considered a “bacon” breed, meaning that the pigs thrived on low energy foods but grew slowly. They produced meat and bacon that was lean and fine grained. The breed has an excellent carcass yield of up to 70% due to their fine bones creating a more productive meat to bone ratio for finished meat products. The breed is listed as "Threatened" in the United States by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy.