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Our pigs do not live confined on concrete, our pigs live on pasture and are allowed to forage as they please, enjoy grass, mud and Organic Certified Feed to keep them healthy and happy.
We sell pork packages as well as half or whole hogs, our pork is Certified Organic by the WSDA. Give us a call to learn more!
Below you will find more information about the hog breed we raise. Baldham Farm offers the highest quality Mulefoot pork, from our family to your table.
Pork from Mulefoot hogs is more moist and has a better flavor and texture than the pork from conventional hybrids. When pasture-raised meat is good, it's unforgettable. Mulefoot pork is freckled with marbling and is red like beef. The meat is dense but not tough and the fat melts slowly, so when you're braising, it takes hours for it to soften, and as it cooks, the fat keeps bathing the meat, making it silky. You can also cook this pork simply--grilling or roasting it, for instance. It melts in your mouth like butter. There's no need to infuse it with extra fat and flavor, which is necessary with commercial pork."
It usually does cost a bit more to buy meat from heritage breeds, but there are good reasons for the higher price tag: Heritage breeds take longer to reach market weight than conventional breeds, and because they also produce a higher percentage of body fat, fewer of those pounds consist of marketable cuts.The high quality and great flavor of the meat nevertheless creates steady demand from customers wanting the best pork for their family.
Today, the Mulefoot is the rarest of American swine breeds. The most distinctive feature of the American Mulefoot hog is the solid hoof which resembles that of a mule. The Mulefoot is a large docile, black hog with sows weighing 250-400 pounds, boars 350-600 pounds. The American Mulefoot has a documented population with a breed standard and a long history of agricultural use. This breed is unique to the United States and is critically rare.
Animals favored by modern agribusiness are bred to emphasize marketable features: cows that deliver rivers of milk, for example, and pigs that produce uniformly large, low-fat pork chops.
The Mulefoot Pig are a hardy breed. Unlike the commercial breeds of today. They do not fit the description of "delicate", thus are perfect as a farm addition. The Mulefoot hog population is classified as Critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (fewer than 200 in annual registration). American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Mulefoot hogs are mainly black, with occasional animals having white points; medium flop ears; and a soft hair coat. The hogs have a fairly gentle disposition, fattened quite easily, and can weigh from 400-600 pounds at two years of age. Traditionally, they were considered the highest quality "ham hogs" & and were fed to great weights before slaughter. The breed does seem to posses remarkable hardiness. The breed thrives when raised on pasture (as opposed to in confined feed lots) and has retained the ability to forage for food.
Published by the American Mulefoot Association & Wikipedia
Heritage Pork- WE LOVE OUR PIGS!