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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

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. (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...)

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 Dancing Farmer & Dancing Farmer Flowers

  Chickamauga, GA

At The Dancing Farmer we grow and select our cut flowers for fragrance, color, pattern or just the simple overall delightfulness that we and others respond to. We love to be surprised by the stunning complexity of a flower or a branch, and to that end we are always trying out new types of flowers and other plants with ornamental value. (more...)

Templeton Family Organics

  Goffstown, NH

Templeton Family Organics, LLC (TFO) is a family owned and operated business located on the historic farmstead of Kennedy Hill Farm in Goffstown, New Hampshire. TFO specializes in pastured pork and poultry but also grow vegetables and many other farm products. TFO offers a variety of high quality foods for individuals, businesses large and small. (more...)