Sanctuary Hill Farms Red Wattle Hogs

Red Wattle hogs are known for hardiness, foraging activity, and rapid growth rate. They produce a lean meat that has been described as flavorful and tender. The sows are excellent mothers, farrow litters of 10 – 15 piglets, and provide good quantities of milk for their large litters. They have a mild temperament. Red Wattles adapt to a wide range of climates. Their active foraging makes them a good choice for consideration in outdoor or pasture-based natural pig production. Their gentle nature recommends them to the small-scale, independent producer.

Red Wattle Hogs

Mangalitsa Hog

In Hungary, the breed is called Mangalica, which means "hog with lots of lard," and that is quite an understatement. The carcass of a mature Mangalitsa is 70 percent fat, and the fatback is three times thicker than that found on today's leaner breeds, such as the muscular, industry-standard Yorkshire pig. Mangalitsa pigs, descendants of wild boars and lard pigs, emerged in Eastern Europe in the mid-19th century and were prized for their light and clean-tasting lard and succulent texture and flavor, but demand for Mangalitsa products waned after World War II, given the advent of lard alternatives and the trend toward fast-growing, lean pork. What goes around comes around, however, and today, chefs at five-star restaurants on the East and West coasts increasingly are discovering that meat harvested from the Mangalitsa is more highly marbled, is of superior color and is significantly tenderer than that from Yorkshire hogs and are paying premium prices for dry-cured Mangalitsa meat. Studies indicate that Mangalitsa meat is considerably higher in monounsaturated, or "good," fatty acids and lower in undesirable saturated fats than pork from Yorkshire hogs, factors that suggest Mangalitsa meat is healthier to consume.

Mangalitsa - The Kobe Beef of Pork

Best of Both

It is our philosophy at Sanctuary Hill Farms to raise pure bred Mangalitsa and also a blend of two of our favorite heritage breeds that display favorable and complimentary traits. The goals are to create a generation where the best qualities of the original breeds emerge while strengthening the overall genetic base of the animals involved.