The Black Pig has a history of over 2,700 years.
Madeo brings tradition into the future
Il troverai, che guarderà la nera greggia, che beve d’Aretusa al fonte, e alla pietra del Corvo addenta, e rompe la dolce ghianda, per la cui virtude il florido sul dosso adipe cresce.
Since 1990, the entrepreneur Ernesto Madeo has taken on a challenge that today has proved successful, starting a long selection process to recover the genetics of the Black Pig of Calabria, an almost extinct native breed, tracing some specimens of males and females in the areas of the Greek Sila and the Aspromonte. The Calabrian territory represents an ideal habitat, guaranteeing the optimal conditions for farming.
The pigs are free to root outdoor in search of herbs, roots and seasonal vegetables which represent their main source of nutrition. The growth and reproduction rhythms are in complete harmony with the ones dictated by natural laws.
Our policy is based on the “Five Freedoms” recommended by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Committee as a framework and guide (Brambell Report 1965).
Freedom from hunger, thirst and poor nutrition by ensuring the availability of fresh water and a diet that maintains full health
Freedom from environmental impact by guaranteeing the animal an appropriate space that includes shelter and a comfortable rest area
Freedom from pain, injuries and diseases by preventing or quickly diagnosing/treating them
Freedom to express species-specific behavioral characteristics by providing sufficient space, adequate facilities and the company of animals of the same species
Freedom from fear and stress by ensuring conditions and care which avoid psychological suffering
The constant attention to animal welfare has made Madeo, over the years, the most important native breed Supply chain in Italy, internationally rewarded by the CIWF with the “Good Pig” and “Good Sow” awards.
We have always protected the psychophysical well-being of animals, according to high standards: strictly open-air breeding, respect for the natural rhythms of growth and reproduction, healthy and
GMO-free nutrition. The pigs feed on herbs, roots, acorns and olives, integrated by the short chain cereals of our production (corn, barley, field beans) and seasonal vegetables.
This healthy diet, combined with respect for the right vital spaces of the animal, determines the success of the breeding.
Without the use of antibiotics from birth.
The interest in contributing to the process of rediscovery and enhancement of one of the most important native Italian pig breeds in terms of population of reared animals, the Black Pig of Calabria, has made it possible to obtain unique and cutting-edge data on the biochemical-nutritional profile of the meat of this breed and the potential beneficial effects on human health.
The results obtained demonstrate, as a consequence of the interaction between the genotype, the diet of the pigs and the extensive rearing regimen conducted, that the meat of the Black Pig of Calabria is characterized by the following properties:
low levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol
elevated levels of gamma globulins
high presence of oleic acid
high content of omega 6 essential fatty acids
excellent quality omega 6 and omega 9 fats
lack of arachidonic acid
Average lipid % in meat 3.5
low level of oxidation and rancidity of fats
Unique interlocutor for products based on 100% pure native Italian Black Pig, of the 5 national breeds recognized and certified by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, with a complete range of salted products, sausages and fresh meats able to satisfy every need of modern distribution.
The Madeo Supply chain is the promoter and leader of the national network of the Italian black pig, starting the recovery process for these “royal families” in a unique SUPPLY CHAIN.
“RE NERO 100% pure Italian Black Pig” is a trademark registered by the Agrocepi trade association which guarantees the authenticity of the Supply chain of this pure breed and a certified quality system.
The indigenous breeds represented by this brand are recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry.
The Black Pig has a history of over 2700 years. Some research studies show that the genetics derives from the stock bred by the ancient Greeks and Romans, which then spread to various regions of Italy with territorial peculiarities.
It can be recognized immediately, due to the dark brown hair tending towards black (hence the name of “mora”), due to the particular almond shape of the eyes and due to the presence, especially in boars, of very long tusks, such as to make them more similar to boars than to actual pigs. Like many old breeds, the Mora is vigorous, predisposed to fattening and very rustic: ideal for outdoor breeding systems.
The Cinta Senese is a breed of ancient origins, probably already bred at the time of the Etruscans and Romans. Raised outdoors in the Tuscan woods, it feeds on acorns and/or chestnuts which significantly characterize the organoleptic characteristics of Cinta Senese products.
It is raised in the provinces of Caserta and Benevento. The Casertano pig is not excessively tall, with fine bones and robust legs, a slate-grey coat and no hair. It has a good aptitude for fattening and its main characteristic is the marbling of the meat, i.e. the presence of abundant intramuscular connective tissue which makes the meat of this pig soft and particularly tasty.
It is raised in the Greek Sila areas and Aspromonte. Among the specific characteristics of the breed, the following stand out: the strong vigor of the boar and the high maternal aptitude of the female. The morphology is typical of the Mediterranean pig, with a straight nasal profile and large hanging ears facing forward to cover the eyes. The qualities expressed by the meat of the Black Pig of Calabria are highly nutritious, with tender meat rich in Omega 3, due to the combination of genetic, environmental and traditional factors, as well as to the typical breeding techniques of Calabria.
The Black Sicilian pig, also called Nero dei Nebrodi, Nero delle Madonie or Nero dell’Etna is a native breed with very ancient origins. Similar to the wild boar both aesthetically and temperamentally, it actually possesses the typical traits of an animal suited to the wild life. Of medium-small size and black coat that lengthens in the cervical tract almost resembling a mane. The dark coat seems to be linked to the diet rich in melanin contained in the acorns.