THE 'CINTA SENESE'
Originally from Montemaggio (Montagnola Senese) hills and those of Chianti, but now found all over Tuscany. Its origins date back centuries as the Cinta pig existed much before the white north-European races (Yorkshire, Landrace etc.).
In the Siena district there are many written and iconographic documents concerning the Cinta Senese, also commonly known as the Cinto pig (Suino Cinto).
It is often linked to the image of S.Antonio Abate since the saint is the protector of all animals, particularly the pig. Thanks to the commitment of a number of dedicated breeders and the Sienese Association of Breeders, this race has survived and there are currently more than 80 breeding businesses in the whole territory of Tuscany.
Its head is not very big with a well-developed jaw, small, slightly sloppy ears facing forwards; strong limbs, 82-90cm height of the withers (adult); its body is cylindrical and not excessively long with a slight preponderance; its back is arched slightly; its tail is well-attached and not ‘curly’; its coat is black with thick bristles and white marks surround its thorax and extend to the inside limbs; its shoulders are slightly tilted and legs extremely convex.
The average weight of the female adult is from 170-180kg; the average weight when slaughtered (minimum 12 months) is from 100-110kg.
Purebred, the pigs are of a lively and energetic temperament, with a marked flair for grazing, excellent maternal characteristics and average prolificacy.
How they raised:
These animals are raised in the wild, or semi-wild, which is controlled in a secure establishment, and allows us to eliminate certain ones, either for the well-being of the animal or the quality of the meat product. The pasture in the woods and/or arable soil needs to be integrated in appropriate measures with vegetable extraction (barley, corn and field bean flour etc.).