MEISHAN PIGS

THE BREED

 

Meishan pigs were domesticated nearly 5000 years ago in the Taihu Lake region of China and are one of the rarest pigs in not just the United States, but in the world. They are a "red meat" pig, prized for their lard and flavorful meat. Meishans are one of the most prolific pig breeds, giving birth to 13-18 piglets a farrowing. They are also "early breeders," being able to be impregnated at 3 months; though this is not recommended and they should reach at least 150 lbs before breeding. They are a medium sized pig, usually maxing out around 450 lbs, depending on their line. This, along with their docile temperament and ability to thrive on pasture and woods, makes them a perfect small farm pig.

 

 

OUR WORK

We began raising Meishan pigs in 2016 and it didn't take long to fall in love with this breed. There is a noticeable difference in their docile temperament and this prolific pig makes wonderful mothers. The marbling in this "red meat" pig adds incredible flavor; and the fat cap is thick and buttery. (If you've eaten our sausage at the market, you'll understand the importance of flavor in this fat.) We are members of the American Meishan Breeders Association (AMBA) and have worked with the Livestock Conservancy to promote this exquisite breed. The best way to save a breed is to create a demand for it and that's just what we have been doing. We are currently the only farm in the Northeast of the United States with registered breeding stock of Meishans. We love sharing it with our customers and working with other restaurants and chefs to showcase the meat. Our market - and a few other select local restaurants on our peninsula - are the only places in Maine you can taste Meishan pork.

PIGLETS

AND REGISTERED BREEDING STOCK

Our breeding sows normally farrow 13-18 piglets. We generally have litters twice a year - spring and fall. We sell piglets for those wanting to raise their own for meat purposes - and registered breeding stock for those serious about furthering the Meishan breed and having the ability to have piglets on their own farm or homestead. 

2020 LITTERS

AVAILABILITIES AND PRICE LIST

Expected litters from the following stock/lines this

September 2020:

Gunsho (USDA/USDA) and Mizuna (Iowa/Illinois)

Gunsho (USDA/USDA) and Tatsoi (USDA/USDA)

Boris (USDA/Illinois) and Lucy (USDA/Illinois)

Boris (USDA/Illinois) and Ethel (Iowa/USDA)

 

Boars $600

Gilts $500

Breeding Pair $1000

Barrows $150

 

We require a non-refundable deposit to hold your piglets; $100 per boar or gilt ($200 for pair) and $50 per barrow. We limit the amount of breeding stock we sell per litter; only those with "top quality" traits will be sold for stock. Please email us to discuss what you are looking for so that we can work with you to make sure we are fitting your corrects needs and wants.