While there are many ways to promote a breed, one of the best ways and especially in the case of heritage breed pigs is to eat them! That is where I have focused ever since I bought my first Tamworth breeding stock. I was just foolish enough to believe that if enough people found out how fabulous the pork was I could create a demand for a pig that was on the verge of extinction.
If enough people eat the pork and want more, I've got a reason to enlarge my herd and help increase the population.
How has that worked? Pretty good! I have increased my business every year and my pig population. As more and more people have experienced the pork they want more.
I now have other farmer's (who couldn't figure out why I went 500 miles "to get pigs" when I first started) that are helping me raise them to feed all the hungry customers.
As the word has spread about these old bacon hogs I have been forced to increase my herd size to cover the demand for breeding stock.
Tamworth swine are the perfect fit for small farms. They are active foragers and very prolific. I have focused my breeding program on breeding pigs that can forage as much as possible and still put on weight. This is an added bonus with corn tripling in price since I started.
So the bottom line....
If you're looking for some of the best pork you can find try an old heritage breed pig. If you're in the central Ohio area, look us up!
If you're a small farmer looking for a good pig to fit your farm. Find a farmer raising an old heritage breed pig. I love Tamworth, but they're not the only one for sure.
If you're a farmer who would like to know how to help these heritage breeds or increase your sales no matter what you sell, here's the best fast-start resource you'll find.
Until next time...