Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Breed them or eat them?
There are a couple of nice looking gilts (young females), one very nice boar (sexually intact male), and several barrows (castrated males) in the group. Most of these piglets will be raised to become hams, bacon, roasts and other tasty cuts of pork. Red wattle pigs are very rare animals with less than 2,000 of them known to exist worldwide. They are listed as critically endangered by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy. Because of this, you would think that every piglet would be saved to increase the breed's numbers. Frankly speaking, this just isn't practical. Most farmers, us included, can't afford to raise livestock without a market for them. As much as we enjoy them, they aren't pets. That's why we sell red wattle sausage, bacon, ham and other cuts of pork. For the long-term benefit of the breed, we follow the "breed the best and eat the rest" maxim of livestock breeding. Fortunately, pasture raised red wattle is some of the best tasting pork in the world. Once you've tried it, you'll never want grocery store pork again!
There are a couple very nice looking breeding quality piglets in the bunch. If you are looking for a nice red wattle piglet for breeding or just one or two to raise your own pork, drop us an email. We probably have just what you are looking for. Or see us this summer at the Clinton, Iowa farmers market and buy your pork by the package. Either way, your purchase will not only help to support our small farm, you'll also be helping to preserve a rare livestock breed.