Ed Hick Pork
We use only quality assured, 100% Irish Pork.
We source rare breed pork from the Irish Pig Society for bespoke orders. We also use rare breed pigs when we know we can ensure that we make use of the whole pig. We only use rare breed, outdoor reared pigmeat for our pork club,
Conventional Vs. Rare Breed Pork
From a butchery perspective, there’s quite a difference in dealing with conventional pork and the rare breed variety. One of the main reasons for the difference is consistency. The conventional breeds have been honed over the years to give their breeders the very best value for money from the animal in terms of the meat available, they are also fed in an extremely scientific manner to further make the most of their rearing process in terms of time, money and yield.
On the other hand, our rare breed piggy friends are a bit less predictable. For the most part, how they are reared and what they are fed is pretty variable, as is their end weight and often even their slaughter age. So, a butcher never really knows quite what they’ll get. All this of course, in addition to a much more expensive rearing process means that rare breed pork will cost the butcher an awful lot more than it’s streamlined counterpart. And so it goes that it costs a lot more for the consumer to boot.
Tamworths are though to be the only breed of pigs that can trace some ancestry back to Ireland. These ginger coloured lovelies are also believed to be the most closely related domesticated pig to the wild boar. Their appearance as well as their genetics attest to the link.
In the early 19th Century, Sir Robert Peel interbred imported Irish Grazers with his own stock. He brought the Grazers to his estate in Tamworth in Staffordshire, England for this purpose. Tamworths achieved breed recognition in their own right in 1865, but modern numbers across the world are currently critically low.
Saddlebacks feature as one of the most commonly available breeds of “rare breed” pork. They are instantly recognisable from their black and pinkish-white markings.
As well as Saddlebacks and Tamworths; Middle Whites, Berkshires and Gloucestershire Old Spots are also breeds now a little more regularly reared by enthusiasts in Ireland.
Lots more info on a huge variety of Pig Breeds available on The Pig Site
The Irish Pig Society
The Irish Pig Society was founded in 2013 to promote Irish Pig farmers and pig enthusiasts. Their Aims are to:
- Create an umbrella organisation for pig breeders in Ireland and interested or related organisations.
- Create an Irish Herd Book and Registration of breeds of Pedigree pigs in Ireland.
Support and promote new and existing Pig enterprises in Ireland.
- Organise Shows and Competitions supporting all of the above.