We are very proud of our beautiful animals here at Berllan. We have a small flock of hens of various types who give us the most wonderful prize-winning eggs in a variety of colours, plus Large Black pigs.
Large Blacks are the UK's only totally black breed of pig and are classed as "Endangered" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. With only 100-200 registered animals they are rarer than giant pandas, and we are doing our little bit to help them survive by breeding them. They have large paddocks and snug housing, plus a large double stable with attached yard for farrowing. They are docile despite their large size, and Twiggy and Ramona are both very friendly and love a good scratch behind the ears!
All of our animals are given as much freedom to express their natural behaviours as possible. The pigs have a half acre paddock with grass and wallows to enjoy, whilst the hens have a large grassy pen, and are let out daily to free range around the farm. We are very conscious of the environmental impact of animal feed, so only use that made from British ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, and with no imported soya bean or GM products whatsoever.
For more information on our pigs, please see Black Orchard Large Blacks
Shortly we will be expanding our livestock with a small herd of pedigree Dexter cattle who will conserve our rare lowland rhos pasture, and produce wonderful beef.