Last week i visited Dominik Spitzbart again in Austria. Its always a pleasure to talk with him and hear how things are going in Austria. Also this time was very interesting and he showed me his new Reds from Hungary.
He has all the 3 colors and is the head of the Mangalitsa Herdbook from Arche Austria. The official Austrian Mangalitsa Herdbook.
We had some very interesting conversations and he also told me when breeders in Germany, The Netherlands or other EU countries would be interested there would be a possibility to add the Mangalitsas to the Austrian Herdbook.
It is in German Language but I am sure they would find a solution for that.
He also said that they would gladly get in contact with the breeders of the surrounding EU countries as working together is important for the future of this breed.....
And when you are in Austria he also can help you to find a Mangalitsa breeder that you can visit in your area. Most of them will serve you delicious homemade Mangalitsa Products.
It was special to visit Monika Hänni in Switzerland.
She breeds Swallow Belly's for over 19 years. In Switzerland the Mangalitsa is called Wollschwein / Wooly Pig.
Most breeders in Switzerland have the Swallow Belly's she told me.
Karins farm is in the beautiful mountains. She, her husband and the 5 kids live in a typical old Swiss Farmhouse.
She also told me that the most breeders only have 2-3 sows and the boars are shared by the breeders. So these lucky sows go on 'Boar-Holiday" lucky girls ;-)...or maybe the boys are even more lucky...who knows!