Gog Magog Butchery Team Visit Home of Dingley Dell Pork
Hello, I’m Tara and I’m one of the Butchers here, Ollie and I have just been on a road trip to visit one of our pork producers. Ashmoor Hall Farm is in a small village called Campsea Ashe near Woodbridge in Suffolk and is home to Dingley Dell pork. We already stock Dingley Dell pork but we’re here to see something new.
The Black Pig has been created by Mark Hayward of Dingley Dell. The pigs are 75% Red Duroc boar and 25% Landrace sow. In the farmyard itself we were shown the sires that are the grandfathers to all the lovely little piglets that we saw that day.
Out in the fields we met the first set of sows. We were both happy to have them come up and sniff us and then barge us about as it is indicated that they felt comfortable with human company. The pigs are all in fantastic condition and we were impressed by the level of care and attention that Mark puts into their welfare.
Later on we visited another site where there are sows happily snuffling in the dirt. Their piglets were running about causing havoc, running under the fence and wandering into other pig’s enclosures. I can understand where the saying “as happy as a pig in muck” comes from!
This is where we got the chance to see the sows who had given birth in the last few days. One had given birth the night before, we were lucky enough to see the most beautiful ginger and white piglets I’ve ever seen; however despite the colour, these are the Black pigs!
Once we’d seen the piglets we had a chat about Mark’s other achievements with his pork – he supplies some of the best restaurants in the world and we are really excited about stocking the new Dingley Dell Black Pig. What makes this pork so special is that it has a lot more intramuscular fat running through it which means there is more marbling as opposed to just having fat on the top. The proof was in the pudding as the meal provided was absolutely incredible. We both thought it was delicious and tasted more like beef than pork, which meant it was lovely and tender.
I can’t wait for the rest of the guys in the Butchery to try this pork and to relay our knowledge to all you customers so you can all have the same fantastic pork experience that we did.