Why English Large Black Hogs?
This breed is also known by the regions in England in which they originated, Cornwall & Devon. Also called Lop-Eared and Large Blacks, they all refer to the same breed.
Developed by English farmers in the 16th and 17th centuries, the farmers crossed their domestic breeds with pigs from China, developing an animal with black skin, floppy ears, and large bodies.
Docile, clean, and sociable, the Large Blacks have exceptional maternal instincts, excellent milking qualities, produce large litters of piglets, and have the ability to raise them with minimal amounts of grain, as they forage and graze for most of their nutritional needs.
Considered a “bacon” breed, they excel at producing more meat than “lard” breeds. The meat’s short muscling fibers provide the tender, firm texture, and the micro-marbling qualities provide the juicy qualities that people desire. Most importantly, the farmers bred them for taste and tenderness. They did their job exceptionally well!
They have distinctively long and floppy ears that cover their eyes—it’s always best if you announce your approach, as they can be easily startled! That’s one reason we “talk” to our pigs.
Their black coloring makes them hardy in extreme temperatures and protects them from sunburn, which is important in Shiner, Texas.
Large Black hogs are most content when grazing grass in open fields, able to walk, run and eat whenever they want to. Multiple naps throughout the day are always part of their schedule.
When pork producers became industrialized, this slow growing, foraging breed was not suitable for the close confinement mega-hog houses used today. Here at Shiner Prairie FarmWorks, we are proud to be part of a small band of farmers keeping this magnificent breed alive for future generations.
Widely known for producing what is arguably the best bacon available, this pork is a favorite among the renowned chefs of the United States and Europe where it’s served in the most exclusive restaurants known.
It has a darker color with a richer taste, tender, juicy and a noticeably firmer texture. No, not tough, but you know you’re biting into something delicious when you place it in your mouth. On the grill, the stove top or in the oven, it truly is the best tasting pork available.
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