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Berkshire Pig

Overall satisfaction

4.25/5

Acquired: Bred animal myself

Gender: Female

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

4/5

Health

4/5

Foraging ability

4/5

Tolerance for heat

4/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Meat quality

4/5

Commercial value

4/5

Great Foragers, Great Personalities, Superb Meat Quality and Gains

By

United States

Posted Apr 16, 2015

Our pigs are all raised in an open pasture scenario which presents unique challenges, but all our Berkshires have risen to the challenge and have even begun to thrive as compared to their general health and temperament when compared to the indoor conditions in which we used to raise our hogs. The Berkshires have turned out to be especially good foragers, rooting up and out any thing and everything that there is to eat in their general vicinity. However, due to this, you must constantly be aware of snout-level fencing if in a pastured scenario. These hogs are very personable except in the case of a sow that has just farrowed, in which case they are still pretty calm when compared to other breeds. Our Berkshires are not particularly susceptible to illnesses: a biannual round of immunizations before farrowing staves off any sickness in our sows and our meat hogs have never shown any illness since they were put on pasture. Overall, whether the owner of a small hobby farm or the manager of a commercial operation, Berkshires are the ideal choice of hog due to their temperament, gains and meat quality, and hardiness.

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