At Granger Line Farm we raise Large Black Pigs on our pasture. Large Black Pigs, also known as Devon or Cornwall pigs, are considered “heritage” hogs which retain the traits of their ancestors that lived on the pastures and woods of England in the 16th and 17th centuries. LB's are hardy animals able to handle both the summer heat and winter cold of our region. They were an obvious choice to accomplish our goals of raising animals naturally on our farm. They can effectively convert pasture, roots and other goodies found on our pasture into nutrition. We also supplement their diet with high quality feed from a local feed mill.
LB's are known for their good litter sizes and great mothering ability. As their name indicates, they are big animals topping out at 600-800 pounds. Despite their large stature, they are very docile. Their black hair and dark pigmented skin protects them from sunburn. Their large floppy ears cover their eyes and protect them from branches and briers as they forage. We believe they also protect their eyes from the intense summer sun similar to a ball cap.
Large Black Pigs are slower growing taking almost twice as long to finish as traditional pork. This produces meat that has a finer muscle fiber and is micro marbled and highly flavorful. It has won numerous taste testing contests when compared to other species of pigs. Practically extinct at one time, LB's are slowly growing in numbers as the demands for naturally produced food increases.
We are proud to not only produce a great product to our customers, but also help keep The Large Black Pig growing in numbers. We believe that the hundreds of years of unaltered genetics combined with good pasture and a stress free life creates incomparable pork.