About Our Pigs
TAMWORTH: Tamworths take their name from the town of Tamworth in Staffordshire England, where they were brought from Ireland in the early 1800s (they were first imported to the United States in 1882). Tamworths are considered one of the oldest and purest swine breeds. However, their numbers classify them as being rare and critical; there are only between 1500-2000 registered Tamworths in North America today. Because their numbers are highest in the United States, American breeders are considered crucial to the survival of the Tamworth.
Tamworths are perfectly built for the rugged northern climate of Vermont. Historically, Tamworths are outdoor animals; their long legs and sturdy feet give them the strength to manage rough terrain and their long heads and snouts are ideal for digging and foraging. Tamworths have very distinct personalities; they are intelligent and playful and enjoy the company of their human counterparts.
Tamworths have a reputation for producing the best bacon, but their lean meat makes the entire pig ideal for taste and health reasons as well.
BERKSHIRE: Legend has it that Oliver Cromwell’s army discovered the Berkshire breed while wintering in Reading in the Shire of Berks. Since then, Berkshire pork has been prized for its superior taste. Historically, Berkshire pork was most sought after in Japan, where it’s known as “Kurobuta.” Stateside, Berkshire pork has recently earned the reputation as the next Kobe beef, enjoyed in the best restaurants for the same reasons the House of Windsor adopted it as their swine of choice over 300 years ago.
Berkshire pork is different from the pork Americans have become accustomed to over the past few decades; as more attention was paid to calorie intake, pork was bred to be as lean as chicken. This endeared the meat to dieters, but much was lost in flavor. Berkshire pork, on the other hand, is fatter and darker; when cooked, Berkshire meat is rich and juicy. In addition, our registered pigs are pedigree-certified by the American Berkshire Association, meaning they can be traced back to the first Berkshires in the U.S. The sought after “Kurobuta” pork of the Berkshire pig is known for its exceptional taste, which makes it an ideal choice for those who demand the highest quality and heirloom authenticity from their food.