| Advantages of Gloucestershire Old Spots
The Gloucestershire Old Spots is a traditional breed suited to extensive production systems. Its lack of suitability to intensive systems served to turn it into a rare breed for almost all of its history.
The advantages can be summed up as follows:
- Docile – making it a suitable choice for first time pig keepers and an important consideration for larger operations.
- Hardy – the breed is kept in many parts of the UK where extremes of temperatures and weather patterns are experienced.
- Good dams – the GOS is a milky breed and a good dam. In many cases, sows will continue breeding at a greater age than many other breeds and hybrids.
- Quality Pork & Bacon – there is a huge demand for the high quality meat produced by GOS pigs. Experience shows that good management can produce good quality carcases without excessive fat coverage (more…)
- They make an ideal crossing breed. Put to a white breed, the offspring will be white with the advantage of hybrid vigour.
|Did You Know? The most expensive pig in Britain, according to the Guinness Book of Records, was Foston Sambo 21, a Gloucestershire Old Spots boar, which sold at auction in 1994 for 4,000 guineas (£4,200).|