About Our Pigs

The animals that we grow here at Oldfarm are all from hardy, outdoor rare breeds.  Over the past few years we have crossed Saddleback with Landrace (the traditional pink pig) and then further crossed this crossbreed with a Duroc.

Our boar, Polonius Hogworth, is the result of this cross.  This chap stands 1 metre high at his shoulder and is 2.1 metres from nose to tail, and we’re guessing here, but we reckon he must be about 450 kgs.

Our boar Polonius photo courtesy of Daili Perez Photography

Our boar Polonius
photo courtesy of Daili Perez Photography

 

We have bred this boar for good temperament, length of back (loin, shoulder and hams.

The sows we use are Gloucester Old Spot (Jemima) and Landrace (Pinky).  They are both excellent mothers producing fine strong piglets and resulting in delicious tasty and healthy meat, full of Vitamin D.

Jemima & Alfie discussing menu options Photo courtesy of Daili Perez Photography

Jemima & Alfie discussing menu options
Photo courtesy of Daili Perez Photography

 

Our animals are totally free-range with 24/7 access to pasture, and are hand-fed a natural non-gmo diet of barley, brewers’ grain, whey and vegetables.

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2 Responses to About Our Pigs

  1. James Rosser says:

    Hi,
    Once upon a time I was vegetarian and I became and lived so because of animal cruelty in farming. I always believed we should eat meat as a natural part of our diet. I recently watched part of a documentary on intensive farming and the castration of piglets particularly. I was wondering is this something you do and if so how is it performed? I appreciate you may not want to respond, I am just very sensitive to the treatment of the animals I am going to consume.
    Many thanks and kindest regards,
    James

    • Margaret says:

      Hi James,

      No problem at all responding to your question. No, we don’t, and never have, castrated our pigs. We’ve always left them ‘intact’… meaning no tail docking, no removing of teeth and no castration.

      Margaret

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