Gloucestershire Old Spots
The Gloucestershire Old Spots is going from strength to strength as a breed.
The Gloucestershire Old Spots are a hardy breed and live quite happily outside. Whilst they must have one clear spot there are no set numbers of spots and people have mixed views on how many they like with some opting for lots of spots whilst others for very few.
They have become very popular and have the highest number of the native breeds of pig.
Read on to learn more about keeping this breed, the BPA's conservation efforts and much more!
The first breed to reach the Genebank target of 10 boars representing all the lines.
Sows are well distributed but some lines are dominant. 5 lines represent 50% of the sows.
One third of the sow lines have plummeted in numbers and need support. .
Gloucestershire Old Spots unlike many of the native breeds have large numbers and many lines are well represented, the challenge with this breed is ensuring the geographical distribution of the different bloodlines.
The Gloucestershire Old Spots can only be dated to the early 20th century.
Whilst there are many old paintings of spotted pigs it is not clear what these pigs were and if they were any relation to the Gloucestershire Old Spots of today.
They were known as the Orchard Pig in the Berkley vale of Gloucestershire based on the fact, they lived quite happily outside amongst the orchards eaten the fallen apples.
From being a very small breed some 40 years ago, it is now the largest numerically of the pig breeds listed by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust.