Nestled in the hills above Llanelian, a small farm just 7 miles away from Bodnant, is home to Geoff and Mary Benfield… and their extended family of rare breed pigs.
Roaming around 30 acres of broad leaf woodland the pigs can be found feasting on seasonal treats such as crab apples and acorns. With ideal conditions these happy, pedigree porkers are part of this family run businesses aim to preserve rare breed varieties.
Home to Oxford Sandy Blacks, Gloucester Old Spots, British Lop and Kune Kune varieties; Geoff and Mary produce pedigree animals for breeding. Dating back some 200 – 300 years most of the breeds are on the rare breed trusts watch list and numbers, until recently, have been very low.
Bodnant’s head butcher Graham says that he is particularly pleased to be able to source pork from Teyrdan Hall Farm which produces top quality pork exclusively for Bodnant.
“Mary Benfield of Teyrdan Hall Farm has bred rare breed pigs for many years and the meat is of a quality I have never before experienced”
Mary and Geoff’s pork is now readily available at the Bodnant butchery counter and is widely acclaimed as being a cut above the rest, with a very unique and quite distinctive taste.
Mary hopes they are doing their bit for rare breeds and said “When people see our animals, they wonder how we can bear to slaughter them for meat?”
“But it’s true what they say- to keep them, you’ve got to eat them and that’s the best way to support rare breeds!