Red Wattle Update: 8/12
With regret we wish to inform you that all our pigs are sold. Our farm had gotten too big and something had to go. It broke my heart to let go of this breed, but it had to be done. We will keep the information on this site for those who are looking for a great breed.
We decided on Red Wattles for our farm. The #1 reason is because of taste. This is by far the best tasting domestic pork we've ever had. One bite and "WOW!"
The other reason we chose purebred RW was because of their hardiness and foraging ability. We decided to do a trial on what breed would do the best. We took an "auction barn" pig, a RW cross, and a pure RW in the same 5 acres of woods with no additional feed for a certain amount of time. Of all, the purebred RW foraged the most and looked the best. The auction barn pig did the worst, and the RW cross did MUCH better than the auction barn pig, but not as great as the purebred.
Out of curiosity, sometimes I think I'd like to try another heritage breed pig against the RW (just to make it fair-maybe a Tamworth?) but the opportunity hasn't presented itself and I don't think we could find a better breed for our farm. Plus, we're partial to the way they look.
Click here for the history/more information of RW Pigs.
We have a registered RW Boar (Esau), unregistered RW gilt (Adah), and a barrow (Bacon). We plan to breed when Esau gets old enough. All of our pigs are kept in the pasture with some woods to do as pigs do. They have a pond, plenty of room, grubs, acorns, grass, and of course, scraps from the garden.
We really enjoy having pigs around and look forward to having piglets for sale in 2012. Pictures of Esau, Adah, and Bacon will be added periodically. Bacon is now in the freezer and mighty tasty!