Mulefoot Pork Wins Blind Taste Test
The 2009 results of the Slow Food U.S.A., Humane Farm Animal Care, and American Livestock Breeds Conservancy blind taste test comparing pork from different breeds of hogs started our love affair with Mulefoots: Read the article.
A few short years ago, there were only 200 known Mulefoot hogs left on the planet. Most were located on the same farm. With a small gene pool and lack of interested breeders, the Mulefoot hog almost went extinct. Thankfully, the Mulefoot will not go down the same path. Why? Quite frankly, it's because Mulefoot pork tastes SO good! Ultmately, it is not the casual breeder that is enthralled with the idea of rescuing a rare breed that will save the Mulefoot hog. It's people like you and me that realize the functional way to save any domestic breed of livestock is to create a market for it. A casual breeder is not going to pay careful attention to the genetic improvement of the breed. A true commercial breeder will make the health and the vitality of the genetic lines he/she cares for of primary importance. So, enjoy the delicious Mulefoot pork, and know that you are doing more to save this breed over the long term than any zoo or fanciful rare animal keeper possibly could!