This Hungarian, heritage breed, wooly lard pig was nearly extinct in the early 2000's- Since then, Maine has become a center of their reemergence in the US and the breed has thrived due to its exquisite flavor, hardy, low-maintenance physique, and friendly demeanor. They come in blond, red and swallow-belly variety and we honor the bloodline with our breeding processes. Our Mangalitsas are free to roam a large forested pasture with a diet of natural forage supplemented with oats and barley. We offer the meat in our farm store and piglets for sale year round. They love company and we welcome visitors during our farm store hours.
Mangalitsa pig is considered among the most flavorful pork in the world. The meat is redder than traditional, industrial pork; deeply marbled with a creamy white fat. Manga meat is high in both omega-3 fatty acids and natural antioxidants. It has been dubbed the Kobe beef of pork for good reason.
Mangalitsa lard is also prized for its unique qualities: It has less saturated fat and more unsaturated fat than an equal amount of butter and contains no trans fat, unlike many butter substitutes. Cooking lard is seeing a resurgence in popularity of late as chefs, foodies and health-conscious eaters alike discover the superior quality and flavor of this beautiful product.
Pigs for Sale
Interested in raising your own Mangalitsa pigs? These curious creatures are a perfect option for many hobby farm/homesteaders and they are a great fit for first time pig owners. Here's some of the specifics as it relates to raising the animal:
Delicious. This breed is prized for it's flavor and marbling.
Hardy. Mangas require little to no veterinary support- no antibiotics, hormones, no birthing support. It adapts well to cold climates. A small shelter in winter weather is recommended but not required.
Calm temperament. This pig is very docile and even comfortable with children. They are very easy to handle compared to many traditional breeds and they are easily contained with minimal electric fencing.
Foragers. The Mangalitsa will thrive in a large pasture or forested enclosure with space to seek out their own diet. They are born with an innate rooting nature and as such are very effective land-clearers.
Slower growth. Unlike traditional mass-market oriented breeds, these pigs have not been bred for meat production, and they take substantially longer to reach slaughter maturity (12-15 months).
Pigs are available for rehoming year round. As pigs are social creatures, we strongly recommend purchasing at least a pair. We are happy to answer any questions related to raising pigs, and we welcome conversation as you process a decision. Please email for specific pricing and timing details.
Breeding pair- unrelated gilt (or sow) and boar.
Sow - An adult female who has farrowed one or more litters.
Gilt piglet - young female ready to farrow her first litter.
Boar piglet- Fully male pigs for mating.
Barrow- castrated male with calm temperament and slightly faster growth.