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Since starting our pig keeping journey with three Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS) boars we have come to love the breed and now have three pedigree GOS sows and three GOS cross sows. The pigs live outside all year round unless we have concerns for their welfare due to illness or bad weather conditions. Each sow averages two litters a year and raises 8-10 piglets each time. We wean the piglets at eight weeks old at the earliest. A small number of the weaners are sold each year with the remaining kept on as growers.
Our pigs a fed a daily ration of GM free sow cubes which we buy in and they love to forage on the grass and clover and surplus vegetables from our garden.
The Gloucestershire Old Spot is a hardy breed able to cope with most conditions and loves foraging, perfect for the Scottish Highlands. The Gloucestershire Old Spot is one of the UK’s 11 native pig breeds and is deemed to be a risk of extinction due to falling numbers. So we’re delighted to be breeding them and keeping this breed alive.