The Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig Breeders’ Club was established in 1990 to promote the wonderful qualities of the Gloucestershire Old Spots breed and to provide help and support to breeders and keepers. It is the largest and most effective such organisation and continues to do sterling work on behalf of ‘The Orchard Pig’.
In 2009 we were honoured that HRH The Princess Royal, who keeps GOS pigs at her Gatcombe Estate home in Gloucestershire, agreed to become our Patron. We are the only pedigree pig organisation in Britain with royal patronage and HRH’s involvement is greatly appreciated.
The year 2013 is the centenary of the establishment of the Gloucestershire Old Spots breed and the Club will be celebrating the first 100 years of pedigree GOS pigs throughout the year. Keep a watch on the News section to see what is happening.
There is a great wealth of free information on this website designed to help new and aspiring pig keepers so do explore the different sections. If you can’t find the answer here, then join our Forum and post your query there for more experienced pig keepers to try and answer for you.
Find out why the meat from GOS pigs is so special that it became the first breed of any species in the world to be accorded Traditional Speciality Guaranteed status by the EU Commission putting it on a par with champagne and parma ham!
We also have a Shop where you can buy books, clothing, giftware and practical pig-keeping equipment including tattooing pliers from Canada featuring 14mm characters and chisel point numbers to better provide effective earmarking for your pedigree pigs.
There are regular updates so please add this site to your Favourites and come back and check. If you’re looking for pigs to buy, check our Forum section regularly or go to the Club tab and click on Our Members - you can contact breeders in your area direct.