Berkshire Pork - Aiken South Carolina
We are committed to bringing you the best in Berkshire Pork products.
The Berkshire hog breed dates back to the 1600’s, rumored to have been first discovered by Sir Oliver Cromwell who prized Berkshire hogs for their superior meat quality. During this time, the Berkshire was described as a reddish or sandy colored pig. Approximately 320 years ago, East Asian black pigs were imported to England where they were crossed with the Berkshire producing the black coat and 6 distinct spots that we see today. The British Royal family has been dedicated to breeding Berkshire hogs and are known to have herds at their Windsor Castle estate.
Not long after the creation of these black Berkshire hogs, they were sent as a gift to modern day Okinawa. The people of Okinawa were so impressed by the quality of the Berkshire that they sent some north to Kyushu, now home to the world famous Kagoshima Kurobuta pork and Kobe beef brands. Within a century of its arrival, the Japanese acquired a preference to the robust, tender, juicy pork and created feeding and animal management techniques that brought out the best tasting pork ever.
At Witter Farms, our pigs are pastured raised, never given hormones or antibiotics, grazed on grasses and supplemented with non-GMO feed (no animal by-product), high in barley to produce firmer, less saturated fat. They are processed in a humane kill USDA inspected facility. Click here for a great source of information on the nutritional benefits of pasture raised pigs (PDF download).
Are any MSGs used in the sausage?
No MSGs are used and when they are used they must be stated on the label.
What breed of pig are you producing?
Purebred Berkshire. The Japanese compare Berkshire pork to the Wagu beef. Both were fed to Royalty.
What are the pigs fed?
They are fed a non GMO mixture of Barley, Wheat, Oats and roasted Soy Beans. Barley puts on a firmer, whiter less saturated fat than what corn does.
Are hormones or antibiotics used in raising the pigs?
No hormones or antibiotics are used in the growth of these pigs. If a pigs gets sick and needs an antibiotic then it is given to the pig but then it is not kept in the production of my pork.
Is the pork USDA inspected?
Yes. The pigs are processed in a USDA humane kill facility.
Are there other cuts of meat or whole hogs available?
Yes. If you don't see something you would like, ask and if we can provide it we will.