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Mulefoot HogThe Mulefoot Hog is an American breed that descended from the hogs that the Spanish brought to Florida and the Gulf Coast in the 1500s. The most distinctive feature of the Mulefoot hog is the solid hoof, which resembles that of a mule. It was bred to have a solid hoof rather than the typical cloven hoof to eliminate the threat of foot rot, thus making it suitable for wet areas. In the 1800s there was a huge demand for hogs to help fuel westward expansion. However, the hogs that were wanted needed to be much larger than the Spanish hogs. As a result farmers started crossing the Spanish hogs with larger hogs such as the Berkshire and Poland China.

The Mulefoot hogs have a soft solid black coat with white points occurring occasionally. The hogs have medium flop ears and a fairly gentle disposition. They fatten quite easily and a mature hog weighs in at the 500-600 pound range. Because of the high fat content, this breed is particularly good for high quality ham.

The Mulefoot peaked in popularity about a century ago with breeders found in most Midwestern and some southern states. But as the amount of area for foraging decreased and the practice of feeding hogs in pens increased, the breed fell out of favor since other breeds of hogs grew faster in that type of situation. It came to a point where there was only one remaining breeder, R.M. Holliday of Missouri. Holliday's strong and consistent production selection has maintained a generally uniform and characteristic herd. In the fall of 1993 Mark Fields, in cooperation with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, contacted Mr. Holliday to purchase a few animals and begin a Mulefoot herd. The Mulefoot is the most rare of American swine breeds. Because of its endangered status, historical value, and superior flavor, conservation is essential.


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Wyoming Heritage Hogs

  Huntley, WY

Providing tasty, nutritious pork while preserving a rare heritage breed of hog. Our Mulefoot hogs are raised naturally and humanely per the standards of the Animal Welfare Institute. For a unique dining experience, contact us to discover how you can enjoy a marbled meat that melts on your tongue.(more...)


Whitehall Farms, LLC

  Clifton, VA    LocalHarvest Sponsor!

Join us as we transform the family farm into a working demonstration farm. The goal is to create a sustainable, educational, and economically viable business to preserve the farm as open space within Fairfax County. Current and future plans include: (more...)


W Koschara & Sons

  Mt. Morris, NY

W Koschara & Sons farming operations was first established on Long Island New York near the hamlet of Selden in 1895 by William Koschara and his wife Gersche. William emigrated to the US in 1887 from Germany. The family farm raised vegetables sold locally, trucked to NYC and as far as Connecticut. (more...)


Three Sisters Organics Farm & CSA

  Cushing, WI

Three Sisters Organics Farm is an organic vegetable and flower farm and has been in business since 2004. We raise over 75 varieties of vegetables and flowers with many heirloom varieties. We also sell naturally raised lamb, pork and chicken along with farm fresh eggs and goat milk. We have a small CSA and sell at both the St. (more...)


The Woodland Farmers

  Linden, VA

Our animals (Goats, Heritage Pigs, Heritage Turkeys, and Heritage Rabbits) are raised in the forest on the side of a mountain year round. They eat non-GMO spent brewers grains through the winter while the woods are dormant, and they eat nothing but wild vegetation the rest of the year when the woods are green (more...)


The Poultry Hatchery

  Clifton Springs, NY

The Poultry Hatchery is the areas leading producer of pasture raised poultry, day old chicks, started laying hens, and over 285 breeds of heritage & rare poultry. We raise all breeds of chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, geese, freedom rangers, Cornish cross broilers, & more. (more...)