The Gloucestershire Old Spots is a heritage breed of pig dating back to the early 1800s. Because Old Spots could not meet the demands of modern pork production, the original breed was near extinction in Britain by 1977. There are fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and estimated to be fewer than 2,000 in the global population, so they are on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's "Critical" List.
Old Spots are an intelligent, friendly, docile breed who are able to withstand extreme outside temperatures. The sows are excellent and prolific mothers. Also known as cottage pigs or orchard pigs, they are great foragers who will eat almost anything and they do especially well when raised on pastureland. In the early days they were fattened on windfall apples, whey left from cheese making and crop residue after a harvest. A mature boar can top out at over 600 pounds and a mature sow can weigh more than 500 pounds.
The Livestock Conservancy has more information about these endangered heritage Gloucestershire Old Spots.
My Gloucestershire Old Spots are registered with Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig Breeders United.
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