Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Mar 12, 2015
Iowa, where I grew up was hog heaven. It smelled like it too.
We had a number of Hampshire hogs.
Hampshires are one of the oldest and common breeds in the US and considered a Heritage breed. One could make some generalizations that Heritage breeds seem to be more often raised on pasture or dirt and develop better flavor--so chefs love the meat.
Hampshires are black with a white belt around the front quarter.
(To meet the national registry requirement, the belt has to be complete, and both front legs will be white. But don't quote me on registry requirements because they do change over time.)
They're known as "thin-skinned."
Their ears stick up. And they're sturdy.
The Hampshire sows make good moms as they have an even temperament.
Hampshires grow quickly and the meat is lean with excellent, fairly mild flavor.