Why Saddleberk?

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BERKSHIRE HERITAGE

Since its inception in the early 1800’s, the Berkshire breed has been coveted by chefs and culinary experts around the world. Its marbled red meat and stunning buttery texture is what gives this heritage breed its unrivaled taste and tenderness. Berkshire pigs have been raised throughout history to create the best possible eating experience.

TIME ON THE FARM

Our pork spends extra time on the farm. The result? Slower growth allows for the meat to develop as it would in nature. Creating more marbling, smoother texture, and an overall better tasting meat.

 


 
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ENVIRONMENT

All of our pigs are raised in an environment with access to fresh air, sunshine, and wholesome food. In doing so, we can create a better life for our pigs, and a better product for you.

LOCAL

Saddleberk is a locally owned central Ohio farm. This means the transit time from our farm to your local Kroger store is as minimal as possible. Never stockpiled in a cooler, or shipped across an ocean. We believe that local equals fresh, and fresh is the best.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHY DOES SADDLEBERK TASTE BETTER?

Saddleberk farms Berkshire pork is a heritage breed, that produces a darker, more marbled meat, with higher a moisture content and more tender texture than conventional breeds of pig.

 

WHY IS SADDLEBERK PORK DARKER THAN OTHER PORK?

Saddleberk farms Berkshire pork has a dark red hue, similar to that of beef, due to its innately high PH content. High PH levels are directly correlated to moisture retention and meat tenderness.

 

HOW DO I KNOW MY PORK IS COOKED PROPERLY?

We suggest cooking Ohio proud Saddleberk Berkshire pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees with a 3 minute rest period after cooking. For more details please go to:
http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/meat_temperatures.html

 

WHERE ARE SADDLEBERK PIGS BORN AND RAISED?

Saddleberk farms primary location is just outside the small town of Urbana, Ohio. See Our Farmpage for more information.

 

DO YOU USE HORMONES IN YOUR PIGS?

Saddleberk farms never use hormones in growing pigs.  *Federal law prohibits the use of hormones in pig production.

 

DO YOU USE RACTOPAMINE OR ANTIBIOTICS FOR GROWTH PROMOTION?

Saddleberk farms never use Ractopamine or antibiotics for growth promotion.  Antibiotics are used only as advised by a veterinarian for the treatment or prevention of disease.

 

WHAT DO SADDLEBERK BERKSHIRE PIGS EAT?

A pig’s diet is called a ration. Nutritionist's carefully develop rations based on the age, size and nutrient requirements of the pigs. Saddleberk pigs eat a diet that consists primarily of ground up corn and soybeans, with some added trace vitamins and minerals.

 

ARE THE PIGS EVER TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS?

Yes, Saddleberk farms believe in an individual care method of antibiotic treatment. Much as you would take care of yourself, we treat our pigs only when necessary, with FDA approved medications.