We are embarking on a pig breeding adventure this year, which has begun with the purchase of some heritage breed piglets. They are Tamworths, one of the oldest recorded pig breeds developed in Ireland and England, brought to the U.S. in the mid 1800s. Tamworth pigs are known for their cold hardiness, vigorous foraging, good mothering traits, and exceptional meat flavor and quality. Their instinctual intelligence has not been bred out of them, so they are alert, curious, energetic, and amazingly smart. It is wonderful to see them at work in the woods, foraging for roots, grubs, acorns, and mushrooms in their natural habitat.
Right now they are 30 pound piglets, but the plan is to raise up and keep a Tamworth boar to breed our Large Black (another heritage breed) females that will arrive on the farm in a few weeks. If all goes well, we will have our first round of Frith Farm piglets next Spring!