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The Tamworth's red-gold hair marks it as one of the most recognisable of the traditional pig breeds.

Today's Tamworth is thought to be the most typical breed descended from the old indigenous species, the Old English Forest pig. The sows are excellent mothers, being milky, docile as well as protective.

As with all traditional breeds, the Tamworth is hardy and can be kept in environments ranging from rough pasture to meadowland. Of all the native breeds it is particularly resistant to sunburn.

Read on to learn more about keeping this breed, the BPA's conservation efforts and much more!

Conservation Targets

Arrest the decline of the Golden Rose line and try to have better balance amongst the sow lines

Encourage the movement of the Ruby line to the South and the Rita to South and South West

Continue the programme to save the Dream Boy and Glen lines

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Tamworth pig, buying guide

Buyers Guide

Tamworth is an attractive and productive Midlands breed; one that can still trace its ancestry back to the old English forest pig.
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Tamworth pig, me and my pig

Me and My Pigs

Jamie Emberson at peace with his life, his herd of Tamworths and his exciting; pork-related plans for the future, he set out to provide the family with meat that they could eat with confidence.
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Tamworth pig, conservation


The Tamworth numbers have seen little change in numbers since the year before but we there are still some lines that need to be focused on for both the male and female bloodlines.

Tamworth pig, breed standards

Breed Standard

Thinking about buying a Tamworth? Find out more about the essential characteristics that define the breed.
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Breed History

It is now thought to be the oldest pure English breed and, as a result, it is also sometimes crossed with wild boar to produce distinctive gamey pork.

After World War II, breeding stock numbers fell dramatically - to a point during the 1970's when there were only 17 surviving boars.

During the 20th Century Tamworths were both exported and imported; an exercise vitally important to a breed with small numbers and potential inbreeding problems.

In the 70s and 90s boars were imported from Australia - which had previously imported the breed from Britain - to ensure the breed's survival.


Breed representatives

Breeders club

Mr R Perry
Pear Tree Cottage
14 Mount Lonnen
Eighton Banks
Tyne and Wear
NE9 7UZ   

07985 606944

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