We maintain a small herd of large blacks: two sows and one boar all registered. We sell breeding stock as well as our exceptional pork. Large Blacks are slow growers so we take our time, they stay with mom for 2-3 months and then move on to pasture,where we supplement their pasture with organic grains and alfalfa as well as apples and any excesses from our gardens and sometimes milk from our local goat producer.
The Large Black pig is native to Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset in southwestern England. Originally known as the Lop Eared Black, the breed was selected for large size and efficiency of production on pasture and other forages. The Large Black gained popularity rapidly during the last half of the 1800s, and it was one of the most numerous of the English pig breeds in 1900. A breed association was formed in 1898.
The Large Black is best known for its foraging abilities, docile temperament and its maternal qualities. Large Black sows are able to raise and wean large litters of piglets out of doors, and these survival characteristics give it genetic value.