In the continuing saga of the heritage pig search....
Berkshire - The Berkshire pig is also known as the "lady's pig" because of its smaller size and is a friendly and curious breed. This pig is known for its excellent meat which is heavily marbled and flavourful. The pig is black with white points on its snout, feet and tail. The Berkshires have good mothering instincts and litter of 8-10 piglets. Rare Breeds Canada lists eight breeders of Berkshire in Canada.
So, that is it for rare breed pigs in Canada. Five. Five rare breeds of pig - Tamworth, Red Wattle, Large Black, Hampshire and the Berkshire. Oh, and don't forget the two Gloucestershire Old Spot located on Vancouver Island.
I find it very sad that so many breeds are becoming extinct because one or two breeds have become the predominant producers of bacon, pork, and lard, and all others have been thrown by the wayside.
The reason I want heritage pigs (and other animals and plants) is preserve the diversity of livestock which is dwindling worldwide. They are part of our history - a living history of the farm. They are what our grandparents, great grandparents and forefathers owned, bred and consumed.
Genetic diversity is so important to the environment and also to humans as a species. If the diversity of plants and animals is wiped out - in reality, then so are we. It may take a while, but it will happen. Eventually.