Western Research and Demonstration Farm
A certified Berkshire program continues to lead niche pork production markets based on its meat quality advantage over commodity-based pork. This economic advantage is especially valuable for smaller, more traditional pork producers. The disadvantages of Berkshire pigs are fatter carcasses, slower gains, and less efficient feed conversion compared with commodity pork production. Consequently, these pigs are often a better fit for less intensive or lower production systems.
Iowa State University
Swantek, P. Matthew; Stender, David R.; Mabry, John W.; Honeyman, Mark S.; and Roush, Wayne B., "Growth Performance and Ultrasonic Scan of Purebred Berkshire Pigs Housed in Hoop Buildings in Iowa (Trials 3 and 4)" (2014). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 2089.