Acquired: Bred animal myself,
Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Nova Scotia, Canada
Posted Sep 21, 2014
Despite running a mixed family farm for years, my family had not had much experience with pigs. This changed when we got a collection of Berkshire weanlings.
They made an excellent pig for our environment, which is a fairly free range setup. We made an arrangement with one of our local grocery stores and got their out of date produce to help feed the pigs. This, together with a great area to forage made for some very happy pigs!
We have since had some experience with other pig breeds, and have found Berkshires to be hardier than most and, though they grow somewhat slower, they produce very superior meat.
As with many other animals, handling from an early age is essential. Pigs are large animals and, if not handled appropriately, they can be somewhat aggressive and dangerous.