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About Berkshire PigsAbout Berkshire Pigs

Berkshire are a small black pig with prick ears, whiternsocks, white tip to tail and flash on their face.

rnrnDuring the 19th Berkshire pigs became very popular and enjoyingrnpatronage from the aristocracy, including Queen Victoria. Berkshire was soon exportedrnto the USA. This trend continued throughout that century and by the end of thern19th century, herds were also established in Australia and New Zealand. Uprnuntil the first half of the 20th century, the breed grew in popularity. However,rnas with all colored pig breeds, the Berkshire suffered a serious decline inrnpopularity following World War II when the demand for leaner bacon fromrnwhite-skinned pigs increased.

rnrnSince then a number of breeders have developed theirrnown specialized markets for Berkshire pig meat and Berkshire breeding stock arernalso in demand overseas – especially in Japan – where the breed is very popularrnand is marketed as Black Pork at a premium price. Japanese buyers stillrnconsider Berkshires from Britain to have the best taste and flavor.


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