The industrial food system is so cruel and so horrific in its treatment of animals. It never asks the question: 'Should a pig be allowed to express its pig-ness?'
Joel Salatin

In the Spring of 2013 we introduced our Red Wattle Heritage Pork at the local farmer's market and quickly sold out. We were surprised at our own first taste just how good the pork is and have had trouble keeping it in stock ever since. We finally have our own breeding stock of age in production and are producing enough pork to keep up with current demand...and we have plans for continued expansion. We maintain 2 registered sows and a registered boar and recently purchased an unrelated boar to cross to our own gilts. We sell high quality registered pigs to other breeders and provide occasional feeders to other farmers, but our main focus is to produce top notch heritage pork.

Our philosophy is much like Joel's who we quoted above and we strive to keep the pigs content with room to roam and forage and interaction with companions. It has been a huge learning curve..not without some difficulties and loss...but keeping the hogs has truly enriched our lives in many ways from having our own incredibly tasty pork to eat as well as the amazing people we have met who are involved in preserving these rare hogs from extinction.
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So what is a Red Wattle Hog and why are they rare? Why should we eat them? Doesn't that make them more endangered? Let's start with what they are and what history is known.
The Red Wattle hog is a large, red hog with a fleshy, decorative, wattle attached to each side of its neck that has no known function. The origin and history of the Red Wattle breed is considered scientifically obscure, though many different ancestral stories are known. One theory is that the French colonists brought the Red Wattle Hogs to the United States from New Caledonia Island off the coast of Australia in the late 1700’s. As they adapted well to the land, the Red Wattle quickly became a popular breed in the US.
Unfortunately, as settlers moved west, the breed began to fall out of favor because settlers came into contact with breeds that boasted a higher fat content, which was important for lard and soap. Red Wattles were left to roam the hills of eastern Texas, where they were hunted to near extinction, until Mr. H.C. Wengler came across a herd in the dense forest and began breeding them into what they are today. Five year later, in a similar incident, Robert Prentice located another herd of Red Wattle hogs, which became known as the Timberline herd, after its wooded origins in eastern Texas.
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Recently the
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy upgraded the Red Wattle hogs from Critically Endangered Status to Threatened. That upgrade was the direct result of the resurgence in popularity of this breed due to more people choosing to raise these hogs for both breeding stock and for meat. By far the majority of people are homesteader types who want and need a gentle, docile hog that is easy to handle and that produces excellent pork as well. Red Wattle sows are good mother's typically and produce large litters of up to 15-16 piglets with about 12 being the average. The more interest that is generated in these hogs by folks producing the meat for themselves or for sale to others will in turn lead more people to desire to raise them..and that answers the question of why we should eat them...or raise them for doing so, we save the genetic treasure that they bring from the past.
Our future plans include increasing our production as well as fencing off more allow the pigs a greater opportunity to forage for their food. We are diversified farm with multi species...horses, cattle, swine and poultry and hope to use the hogs in rotation with the other animals in a manner that will improve our land, the quality of our pastures and make it more productive.
We are pleased to be in a position now with two boars and unrelated sows to be able to offer a diverse range of breeding stock as well as producing top quality heritage pork. We invite you to visit our
Pork Product/Price List and check out what we have available.
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