Pigs

Our native stock was gradually improved by importing more prolific and productive strains from the Far East. Over the years local breeds became fixed, each with their own particular merits, but since the Second World War demand for a standard bacon carcase has produced long, lean hybrid breeds from a limited number of specialist strains. The large breeds, which tended to lay on surplus fat were no longer wanted.

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Berkshire

These small pigs come from New Zealand, where they are kept by the Maoris for meat. Their name is pronounced ‘Cooney Cooney’ and means ‘fat and round’ in Maori.

By the 1980’s it was estimated that there were fewer than 50 purebred Kune Kune pigs left. Following a breeding recovery programme in New Zealand and their introduction to Britain in 1992, the breed is no longer in danger.

Gloucestershire Old Spot

In the Severn Valley, where it originated, the Gloucestershire Old Spot pig was traditionally raised on windfall apples and whey, products of the local agricultural enterprises. It was known at the time as the Orchard Pig.

A dual purpose breed, it is hardy and thrives out of doors. They get too fat in intensive indoor pig farms and like most non-commercial breeds, they are now extremely rare.

We often use the Old Spot for our meat products, which you can buy from the Farm Park shop.

RBST Watchlist StatusMinority (500 to 1000)

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Saddleback

These small pigs come from New Zealand, where they are kept by the Maoris for meat. Their name is pronounced ‘Cooney Cooney’ and means ‘fat and round’ in Maori.

By the 1980’s it was estimated that there were fewer than 50 purebred Kune Kune pigs left. Following a breeding recovery programme in New Zealand and their introduction to Britain in 1992, the breed is no longer in danger.

Tamworth

The Tamworth is probably our oldest British breed of pig, with direct lineage from the European Wild Boar. They take their names from the Tamworth region of Staffordshire.

By 1975 the population of Tamworth pigs in this country had severely decreased. Fortunately settlers had taken the Tamworth to Australia, and while working with the BBC in Australia, Joe Henson was able to arrange for the RBST to re-import three unrelated boars. This has helped the breed to increase in numbers.

RBST Watchlist Status: Vulnerable (200 to 300)

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Pigs

Our native stock was gradually improved by importing more prolific and productive strains from the Far East. Over the years local breeds became fixed, each with their own particular merits, but since the Second World War demand for a standard bacon carcase has produced long, lean hybrid breeds from a limited number of specialist strains. The large breeds, which tended to lay on surplus fat were no longer wanted.

CFP Lambing February 2018-271

Berkshire

These small pigs come from New Zealand, where they are kept by the Maoris for meat. Their name is pronounced ‘Cooney Cooney’ and means ‘fat and round’ in Maori.

By the 1980’s it was estimated that there were fewer than 50 purebred Kune Kune pigs left. Following a breeding recovery programme in New Zealand and their introduction to Britain in 1992, the breed is no longer in danger.

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Gloucestershire

Old Spot

In the Severn Valley, where it originated, the Gloucestershire Old Spot pig was traditionally raised on windfall apples and whey, products of the local agricultural enterprises. It was known at the time as the Orchard Pig.

A dual purpose breed, it is hardy and thrives out of doors. They get too fat in intensive indoor pig farms and like most non-commercial breeds, they are now extremely rare.

We often use the Old Spot for our meat products, which you can buy from the Farm Park shop.

RBST Watchlist StatusMinority (500 to 1000)

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Saddleback

These small pigs come from New Zealand, where they are kept by the Maoris for meat. Their name is pronounced ‘Cooney Cooney’ and means ‘fat and round’ in Maori.

By the 1980’s it was estimated that there were fewer than 50 purebred Kune Kune pigs left. Following a breeding recovery programme in New Zealand and their introduction to Britain in 1992, the breed is no longer in danger.

Gingerpiglet

Tamworth

The Tamworth is probably our oldest British breed of pig, with direct lineage from the European Wild Boar. They take their names from the Tamworth region of Staffordshire.

By 1975 the population of Tamworth pigs in this country had severely decreased. Fortunately settlers had taken the Tamworth to Australia, and while working with the BBC in Australia, Joe Henson was able to arrange for the RBST to re-import three unrelated boars. This has helped the breed to increase in numbers.

RBST Watchlist Status: Vulnerable (200 to 300)