Berkshire pigs are a heritage breed, the livestock equivalent of heirloom tomatoes. Named for the region in England where they were discovered by Oliver Cromwell’s army more than 300 years ago. Though genetically blessed, Berkshire pork is as much a product of nurture as nature. While industrial pigs generally subsist on corn and pig pellets with blood and bone, Whitsunday Berkshire hogs dine on feed with no fish- or meatmeal, supplemented with molasses, vegetable ,milk and fresh eggs. They roam freely in paddocks and graze, digging up roots, rolling in fresh dirt.
Whitsunday Berkshire Gold have 6 breeding sows with normally 2 litters/year. The piglets get weaned at 2 months of age and grow to roughly 60 kg liveweight in 5 to 6 months.
|Raising Berkshire pigs we have the same
philosophy as with our BEEFALO: they are raised naturally, graze and
root in the paddock and have their young wherever their instinct tells
them, either out in the field or in their comfortable shed on a hay bed.
We don't believe in locking them up, have them give birth in a farrowing
pen or keep them on concrete. The piglets stay with mum for 60 to 80
Their diet contains NO MEAT- OR FISHMEAL and is free of any restricted animal materials. They get lots of fresh vegetables and farm eggs.
We sell suckers at 2 months of age, ready to go grower pigs to be home slaughtered, grown pigs and breeders directly to the public and
"from the paddock to the plate" pork at the "Airlie Beach Markets" every Saturday and from the farm gate.
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