|Source: FAO domestic animal diversity information system (DAD-IS)|
Gochu Astrucelta pigs, also known as Asturian Celta Pig or Celta Pig in Spanish, are an indigenous breed of domestic swine originating from the Asturias region of northwestern Spain. They are characterized by their distinctive black coloration, compact build, and rustic temperament.
Size: Gochu Astrucelta pigs are considered medium-sized hogs, typically weighing between 200 and 250 kilograms (441 and 551 pounds) at maturity.
Build: They have a compact and muscular build, with a slightly arched back and a deep chest. Their heads are medium in size, featuring erect ears and a slightly dished snout.
Coloration: Their coats exhibit a solid black coloration, ranging from deep black to slightly grayish-black. This distinctive black coat is often considered a hallmark of the breed.
Gochu Astrucelta pigs are known for their rustic and hardy nature. They are intelligent and curious animals, adaptable to various environments and foraging for their food. Additionally, they are relatively low-maintenance animals, requiring basic care that includes a clean shelter, access to fresh water and feed, and regular hoof trimming.
Gochu Astrucelta pigs are primarily raised for their high-quality meat, renowned for its excellent flavor, marbling, and suitability for various culinary preparations. Due to their traditional rearing methods, their meat is often described as having a nutty or gamey flavor, reflecting their natural diet of acorns, grasses, and other foraged foods.
The breed is known for its exceptional foraging abilities, making them suitable for extensive grazing systems and contributing to sustainable agricultural practices. They are also known for their maternal instincts and good mothering abilities.
Gochu Astrucelta pigs represent an important part of the agricultural heritage of Asturias and are valued for their hardiness, adaptability to traditional farming practices, and production of flavorful meat. They contribute to maintaining biodiversity and preserving the cultural traditions of the region.
Gochu Astrucelta pigs are considered a rare breed in their native region, with an estimated population of around 2,000 pigs worldwide.