History of Mangalitsa Film Official Trailer
History of Mangalitsa film premiered in Budapest in March. Anna Melocco and her team did a awesome job! Please watch the trailer.
Coming Soon: The Royal Mangalitsa
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The Pig in Hungarian History
An exciting story of the survival of a nation & the glory days of the Mangalitsa
By Wilhelm W. Kohl
The current pig industry in Hungary was probably started by the Transylvanian Saxons, German settlers encouraged by King Geza II, of Hungary (1141-1162) to colonize and defend the southeastern frontier of the Kingdom of Hungary. From the 12th century onward until the end of the 13th century this migration of Germans into the Hermannstadt (now Sibiu, Rumania) region continued. In 1211 the Hungarian King even invited the Teutonic Knights to settle and defend the southeastern corner of Transylvania. Click here to read more.
Pasture Raising Mangalitsa Pigs
Ever since the first Mangalitsa arrived on U.S. shores in 2007, the topic of how to best free range them and feed them on pasture has been a hot one. Going back in history, you will find that pasture raised hogs have been a mainstay of the American diet ever since the Spanish conquistadors brought the first pigs with them in the early 16th century. They simply released the pigs into the wild – and voila, they had a steady supply of pork within a few years. Other European immigrants did no different, pasturing pigs from coast to coast, masting them in the fall on the bountiful nut drop the huge American forests, especially chestnuts, provided in abundance. Click here to read more.
Review of the Breed
The Mangalitsa is a typical lard-type pig, medium body size, with a very fine but strong skeletal structure. It was developed from 1833 on in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but not formally recognized as a distinct breed until 1927. No Mangalitsa pig ever was in the USA until 2007, and none of the Blondes or Reds until 2010, when they finally were imported from Austria. After actively trying for over 3 years to obtain new, non-Austrian origin blood lines, in November 2014 the first Blonde and Red original Hungarian breeding stock arrived from the Netherlands. Click here to read more.
The Mangalitsa Connection
It was impossible to legally acquire Mangalitsa breeding stock from Hungary until 2014, when we finally reached an agreement between Pure Mangalitsa LLC & MOE, the Hungarian National Association of Mangalitsa Breeders, to that effect. But importing live pigs directly from Hungary to the U.S. is still impossible due to the lack of a formal protocol between the USDA and the Hungarian Health Authorities. Fortunately, Hungary is now part of the European Union (E.U.) and many Western European countries do have established protocols. Click here to read more.