Printed on 4/8/14

Gloucestershire Old Spots

New project for 2014, as our 11 year old wanted to raise pigs. So after some research we decided to go with the Old Spots.

The Gloucestershire Old Spots or simply "Old Spots"is an English breed of pig which is predominantly white with black spots. It is named after the county of Gloucestershire. The Gloucestershire Old Spots pig is known for its docility, intelligence, and profligacy. Boars reach a mature weight of 600lbs (272kg) and sows 500lbs (227kg). The pigs are white with clearly defined black spots. There must be at least one spot on the body to be accepted in the registry. The breed's maternal skills enable it to raise large litters of piglets on pasture. Its disposition and self‑sufficiency should make it attractive for farmers raising pasture pigs and those who want to add pigs to diversified operations.

The Livestock Conservancy has them on the Critical list.

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