The Iron Age Pig is a hybrid between a wild boar and a domestic pig, to recreate the type of pig represented by prehistoric art works of the Iron Age in ancient Europe.
Iron Age pigs are generally only raised in Europe and are breed primarily for the speciality meat market. Typically the taste of the pig has a distinctive gamey pork flavour.
Slower growing than other more modern breeds, they tend to be lean and leggy and can take as long as 18 months to reach an ideal weight for market.
With their wild genes they are very tenacious and, even more than other breeds, are well known as escapologists. They are quite hairy and this could be a reason that they aren’t so keen on the rain, or indeed wallowing, although they do love a good sunbathing session. Generally they are a hardy breed of pig, quite capable of living outside all year long.