One of our traditional pig breeds is the Cinta Senese (losely translated as belt of Siena). There name is derived from their black body with a white belt like band. This old breed, originating in Tuscany is believed to have been bred in Roman times. However even pictographical evidence has been found of the much older history of the Cinta Senese, by means of a painting entitled ' Effects of Good Government in the Country' by artist Ambrogio Lorenzetti (1338).
Historically, free-range pig farming was of great significance, which means growing free in forests, and there diet consisting mainly of grass, roots and acorns. Every family tended to own a pig, which provided for their meat for the whole year. Traditionally, the pigs were halfed and salted and additional meat was used to make salami and prosciutto. Making sure the family would have access to quality meat all year around.
In the 1980s, due to the changes in agricultural system, the breed suffered a severe numerical reduction. With larger scale farming favouring breeds for faster growth and higher yield. Resulting, in there being about 200 sows in 80 herds left. Most of the herds have been started for breeding less then 10 years ago, often as a hobby or in connection with agritourism, but increasingly for production of lard, salami, prosciutto etc.
We aim to keep our pigs in the traditional way that worked well for all these years for this breed. Within the forest we have a spacious enclosure where you could come and see them in their natural habitat.