About Berkshire Pigs
Berkshire are a small black pig with prick ears, white
socks, white tip to tail and flash on their face.
During the 19th Berkshire pigs became very popular and enjoying
patronage from the aristocracy, including Queen Victoria. Berkshire was soon exported
to the USA. This trend continued throughout that century and by the end of the
19th century, herds were also established in Australia and New Zealand. Up
until the first half of the 20th century, the breed grew in popularity. However,
as with all colored pig breeds, the Berkshire suffered a serious decline in
popularity following World War II when the demand for leaner bacon from
white-skinned pigs increased.
Since then a number of breeders have developed their
own specialized markets for Berkshire pig meat and Berkshire breeding stock are
also in demand overseas – especially in Japan – where the breed is very popular
and is marketed as Black Pork at a premium price. Japanese buyers still
consider Berkshires from Britain to have the best taste and flavor.