Large Black Hogs are a rare Heritage Breed. There are only a couple hundred in the United States. These hogs thrive on pasture, yet do not do well in normal hog lot growing operations. Our hogs roam the pastures eating grasses and forbs. We augment with their feed with non GMO grains to help them balance their diet. Meat cuts, as well as, hog portions are available in our web store. Visit today to reserve your pasture raised pork.
The Large Black is believed to have been developed in the late 1800's from Chinese breeds brought to England. They are of the "bacon" type, or meat producer, instead of the "lard" type common of that day. They became known as the Devon or Cornwall pigs from their area of origin before becoming just the "Large Black." By the 1900's the Large Blacks were spread throughout Britain in outdoor pork production operations. They were favored for many reasons including their hardiness, mothering ability, milk production and prolificacy. The Large Black is a very efficient pork producer because it can glean a large portion of it's food from grazing. Unlike many breeds of hog, their black skin protects them from sunburn and enables them to live outdoors on open pastures.
The Large Blacks were imported into the U.S. in the 1950's and again in the 1990's where they were breed by a hand full of breeders for the exquisite and unique taste of the Large Black's pork. When processed at around 200 pounds, the pork is lean yet micro-marbled for a moist product on the grill or in the oven. The texture of the pork is extra tender due to the short muscle fibers which has earned it a place in some of the most exclusive restaurants in New York and Europe. Large Blacks are also famous for their excellent bacon.
The Large Blacks are aptly named large since they can reach weights upwards of 700 pounds. They have long deep bodies with strong backs and are always solid black. Their ears are large and hang forward covering the eyes and most of the face. They are among the most docile and friendly breed of hogs alive today.