Gloucester Old Spot hogs are considered one of England’s best breeds. These full blood registered hogs are some of the rarest and most difficult hogs to raise for slaughter. DeBragga owns its own boar and sows, which are raised on a family farm outside of Corning, New York.
DeBragga grows the Gloucester Old Spots out to beyond 10 months of age at slaughter, which is almost double the commodity industry standard. This slow feeding protocol featuring a blend of primarily barley, corn and soy, and in the Fall, including apple pumice, creates a very special pork dining experience. In addition, it makes much better return for the farmer, and that’s what we call sustainable. These hogs are farrowed and raised with access to the outdoors at all times, resulting in very little stress on the animal and providing a humane living environment. It offers a much better, fairer return for our farmer.
It is virtually all fat with very little to absolutely no meat and looks like a slab of bacon minus the meat. Fatback can be rendered to make quality lard, used to make a version of salt pork (which is usually made from the belly, not the back), or used for culinary techniques such as barding and larding.
We ship this product frozen. It may thaw in transit, but you may re-freeze or enjoy within five days if kept refrigerated