Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Sep 08, 2015
Berkshire Pigs are a great pastured/woodlot pig for direct sales to consumers.
Berkshire is known as the Kobe beef of pork. Its juicy tender pork is a top seller at most markets. Pure bred Berkshire pigs are uncommon so make sure to get your stock from a reputable source.
If new to selling pork, Berkshire is a great tasting breed that is sure to sell out for you. It is best to line up your feeders early in the spring as good stock is sold quickly. Bring your young feeders on farm sometime in the spring once they are weaned. In the Northeast US you should be able to turn feeders into processed pork by running them on pasture from spring to fall. A common processing weight is just under 300 pounds.
Make sure your pasture/woodlot has plenty of forage available for your growing pigs. Nuts, particularly acorns are prized forage for Berkshire and other pastured pigs. Market as pastured/woodlot finished pork for extra profitability.