TREATED LIKE FAMILY
Our Family The Crafty Sheppard in the West Country keep the native breeds of Tamworth, Gloucestershire Old Spots and Saddleback pigs along with some crosses of the breeds, for taste and texture.
Our pigs wallow and graze outside for their whole lives among our family and theirs.
Living in natural conditions our pigs are left to mature and stay with their mothers for as long as needed and allowed to grow and develop naturally. The diet we provide for them consists of cereal,fruit and vegetables. The meat they produce is much more succulent and tasty compared with factory bred pigs.
Treat your palette!
The Tamworth is the pig with personality!
More charismatic and inquisitive than other breeds, it’s undeniably attractive, too!
It’s an excellent dual-purpose pig, suitable for pork or bacon. The meat came top in a taste test carried out by Bristol University which used both commercial and rare breed pigs in a scientifically-controlled experiment
Hardy and resilient, thanks to its thick, coarse coat, it’s ideally-suited to living outdoors all year round
Pigs also do a lot of sleeping. They have very interesting sleeping habits. They usually sleep about 9-11 hours a day, about 7 at night and 2-4 during the day. Their sleeping habits change with the seasons, or if it is light or dark. They usually lay on their side with their back leaning on something.
Pigs eating and sleeping habits are certainly very interesting!
Pigs love two things in life eating and sleeping it is a huge part of a pig's life and mostly all they do.
Pigs are omnivores, which means that they eat plants and animals. They usually eat corn or soybean meal, or dried whey. Some swine nutritionists (a person that studies pig diets) have discovered that they can replace chocolate with dried whey. Chocolate has a lot of sugar and protein, which is essential in a pig's diet. Sugar gives them energy and protein makes them have stronger muscles. A very important mineral is calcium, which builds strong bones. Good sources of calcium are limestone and dicalcium phosphate.
Our Farmers make sure they give our pigs the essential nutrients and minerals they need to develop naturally, this ensure the highest levels of quality meat for us.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE OLD SPOTS
They are ideally suited to an outdoor system. Provided they have a warm and comfortable hut they will thrive outside all the year around. Then it is better on land that is reasonably dry land so that it does not become a quagmire. The pigs wouldn't mind the quagmire but it becomes very hard to tend to them.
FREE TO ROAM AND NO STRESS
These pigs had been set into type for some time and were very popular in the Berkeley Vale of Gloucestershire where they were known as the Orchard Pig. They grazed on the apple orchards clearing up the windfalls. They lived outside throughout the year being tough and hardy, although also quiet and easily handled. These qualities are still prominent today.