Other common names: Basner; Porcul de Banat
The Bazna Pig was developed in the Transylvania region of Romania in 1872. The Bazna was created by crossing the Berkshire and the Mangalitsa.
Appearance / health:
The Bazna Pig is black, with a white belt on its stomach.
Two little pigs got bigger and bigger.
Now some of you may already know that my mother-in- law lives with HER mother in a small country village a few miles away and provides an unending supply of home grown vegetables, eggs, chicken, pork, homemade jam and bakery, as well as plum brandy from the orchard. We had already followed Momi's example by acquiring a flock of 30 broiler chicks, when, my wife suggested that we follow another example of her mother's and get a couple of pigs to fatten.
Oh boy! First an old stable had to be cleared of rubbish, then the floor concreted and a VERY strong wooden fence and gate built so we had a walk-in from the door with a pen to contain the two pigs. A built in trough drained liquid out through a hole in the wall to the land outside.Walls were painted with lime to disinfect. At last we were ready and we took delivery of two nervous young porkers from the back of a van. A rapport was quickly established by pouring swill in the brand new home made wooden trough. So very eager to eat it was almost impossible to pour as the sow always went straight for the stream of swill as it hit the trough, getting a wet head and banging the bucket almost out of my hand.
We were advised to have the male castrated to ensure he fattened well. This went ahead without any discernible distress on his part. The sight of food being a great healer. Sadly though, some time later he sickened and lay down for some hours, with frequent spasms. We called the vet who injected a relaxant, but was not sure of the cause. We put in a separate pen for the night and gave him extra warm straw and a light bulb. The next day he seemed better, but wasn't eating and later that day he died.
Later The sow was divided in to various freezers and ovens, to the nourishment and culinary delight of many. The meat and fat are delicious.
These Transilvanian local pigs known as Bazna, also known as the Basner and Porcul de Banatare and are, in fact, a cross between the English Berkshire the old Transilvanian Mangalitsa.
The original cross breeding was done in 1872..
From sothebys May 5 2014 10:14AM