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Victoria-Gloucestershire Old Spot sow

Our heritage breed pigs are crosses of Tamworth, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Large Black, Berkshire, and Hereford. We breed for hardiness, good mothering ability and meat quality.

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Our heritage breed pigs are crosses of Tamworth, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Large Black, Berkshire, and Hereford. We breed for hardiness, good mothering ability and meat quality.

The Gloucestershire Old Spot white pigs with big black spots were developed on fruit orchards, where they gorged themselves on fallen fruits. Their grazing lifestyles led to the development of their oversized floppy ears, which protect their eyes during foraging and enhance their sense of smell. While this makes the Old Spot excellent foragers the negative impact on their peripheral vision causes the breed to be especially dependent on humans for protection from predators.

Thatch roof cottage in Broad Campden, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England | © Brian Jannsen Photography