Pure Royalty.

He looks a bit like a Tamworth that fell asleep while sunbathing. Yet if ever a pig had a royal history, the Berkshire is it. This nearly perfect pig is renowned for its fast growth, meatiness, colour and flavour around the world.

For many years a large herd cruised the grounds at Windsor Castle, winning many championships. The Berkshire was even presented as a diplomatic gift to Japan. There, Berkshire pork rose to prominence as 'kurobuta' (black pork), and considered to be the pork equivalent of kobe beef. Afficionados use words like "dark and well-marbled" to describe it.

The American Berkshire Association claims the Berkshire is "the most influential breed of swine in the history of the world". One needn't question the veracity of a breed that's remained pure for nearly 130 years.

Intelligent & Good Looking

You'd think the livestock encyclopaedias were describing a bachelor in high demand, not a pig.

Tamworths are 'outdoors-pigs', preferring to live on pasture year-round. Everything about the Tamworth is long and lean. It has long legs, a long neck, snout and head, and is rather skinny-looking when compared to other breeds. Physically, the build favours foraging and walking long distances. This is evident in the strong back and top, and muscular rump. This was necessary as early farmers left the pig to forage its own food from the oak and beech forests across Staffordshire.

The Tamworth's hardiness is due in part to its coat and colour, which ranges from a golden-hued red to a deep russet. These two traits enable the pig to adapt to a wide range of temperatures and protect it from sunburn. Though modest in size, reaching just 500-600 lbs/227-272 kgs, the Tamworth's remarkably deep side is rare among preferred mass farming breeds. Tamworths are consistent in their smooth, firm jowl, underline and fleshing.

They produce large, robust litters.

Now, if they'd just take care of the washing up ...

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