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Gloucester Old Spot Pig

Looks: Light sandy to rust with black spots and very big and stocky.
Meat: "A Personal favourite" A top quality meat giving a great soft succulent taste .

History:

The Gloucester Old Spot originates from the Berkeley Vale in Gloucestershire. It was also known as the Orchard Pig as it often grazed in the cider and perry orchards of that area, clearing up windfalls. The breed was first registered in 1914 but if old paintings are to be believed they have been around for a lot longer than that. The breed fell out of favour when more intensive methods of farming were adopted and if it had not been for George Styles (a passionate Gloucester Old Spot breeder) it may have been lost altogether. It is a credit to this man that the profile of the Gloucester Old Spot has been raised, so it is now the largest numerically of the pig breeds listed by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust and it is going from strength to strength.

Tamworth

Looks: Red-Gold hair all over long snout and prick ears.
Meat: Good dual purpose pig.

History:

The Tamworth breed pig originated in Sir Robert Peel's Drayton Manor Estate at Tamworth, Staffordshire, after the existing herd was interbred from 1812 with pigs from Ireland known as 'Irish Grazers', that Peel had seen in Ireland in 1809. Much of the improvement of the breed took place in Staffordshire and also in the counties of Warwick, Leicester and Northhampton, England. The breed appears among the least interbred with non-European breeds, and therefore one of the closest to the original European forest swine.

In the year 1865 Tamworth's achieved English breed recognition and in 1885 the herd book was started. Tamworth's were imported into the United States by Thomas Bennett of Rossville, Illinois, in 1882. Soon they entered Canada, where a population now exists. Breed Associations for Tamworth Swine are active in the UK, USA, and Canada; however, they are considered a minor breed. From 1913 to mid century the breed reached peak numbers in Canada, reaching up to ten percent of the total swine population. In Australia the breed reached peak numbers of about 1000 in the mid 1900s.[5] Modern herd numbers have reached critically small numbers in each of the five recognised countries holding these animals.

Contact Details

Address:
135 Highfield Road
Bradley
Bilston
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
UK
WV14 0LH

Tel: 01902 402940

Fax: 01902 492175
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