Berkshire Hog Description
Berkshire pigs originated from the English County of Berkshire and are a rare breed. In 2008 there were less than 300 breeding sows and the breed is listed as vulnerable.
The American Berkshire Association was established in 1875 give pedigrees only to pigs directly imported from established English herds to those tracing directly back to imported animals. The pig is also bred in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan under the trademark Kagoshima Kurobuta. Preparations for the Berkshire is sometimes know as kurobuta pork.
Berkshire pork "is prized for its flavor, juiciness, tenderness, is heavily marbled, and pink hued. The high fat content is suited for long cooking at high temperatures.
Kurobuta sausage prepared from Berkshire pig makes for a fabulous product.