Pigs like dogs or cats have shared a very long relationship with man for centuries. They are communal, intelligent animals, and like man, can eat almost anything. They have been a key part of peasant farming over many years as well. However, with the huge demand for pork, there has been the rise of intensive pig farming. Standardized pig meat is one of the staple products found in many supermarkets. It does not have to be totally like this. There is now pork from Wales.
Many people have never tasted real pork as they have only experienced the standardized product. Pigs crowded together in large pig farms will be “fattened “ as quickly as possible. They could well be fed additives as well. In Wales there are small family farms with a long tradition of pig farming. The pigs are reared in smaller natural herds. This makes for happier pigs. They are not force fed, and live longer, being killed at the right time. The resulting pork from Wales is “leaner” darker, having a rosier pink colour This pork has a real taste as well.
There are a variety of rare and lesser known breeds, such as the Oxford Sandy and Black and the Mangalista that are now being reared. Therefore, the pork from Wales has a far richer range of flavours and styles than the pig meats found in most supermarkets.
Also the Welsh climate, mild but wet, along with its distinctive landscape is very much to the pig’s liking. Unlike factory farming, where pigs very much live their lives in a factory, Welsh farmers follow the seasons with their farming practices.
Food and produce are now sometimes moved half way around the planet, however welsh pork producers move their pork straight to the local butcher and supplier. With this small supply chain, there is less of an “environmental footprint”, the pork is kept fresh and this helps to keep work in the local community. This may be by large an organic product and also a revival of an earlier economic model, but there is a real openness to try out new ideas. There are examples of the French charcuterie tradition as well as adapting artisan salami. This has also led to an exciting revolution in the number of new recipes that are now available.
Again, if your experience of pork is a fat pork chop wedge from your local supermarket, it may come as surprise that pork is an inherently healthy food source. Like us, sitting around all day, the factory farm pig just puts on fat. A lean cut of pork can contain only 4% fat. Pork contains a number of important vitamins. It also provides, zinc, iron and proteins.
So, the important question is where can I buy welsh pork and also, where can I buy organic pork? The Porc.Wales website has a comprehensive guide to finding all the suppliers and butchers across all of Wales. Looking at the directory at random and picking out D.J Thomas, there are the full contact details along with a map of where this butcher and supplier is in Wrexham Wales.