|The GOSPBC supports the Breeds of Gloucestershire Show & Sale held each year at Cirencester Livestock Market. Along with Gloucester cattle, Cotswold sheep, other rare/minority breeds and Poultry & Waterfowl, this is a grand local occasion and everyone with an interest in farming is invited to attend, free of charge.|
Each year, on a Saturday in early August, the GOSPBC participates in the Breeds of Gloucestershire Show & Sale at Cirencester Livestock Market by organising the show classes for all pedigree GOS pigs and by card grading all entries for the benefit of buyers. This years date is Saturday 6th August 2016 see http://www.voycepullin.co.uk/salesandmarkets/forthcomingsales.htm
In recent years the auctioneers have expanded the event to include other breeds and crossbreeds of all species but the pedigree GOS reamin the mainstay of the pig section.
The event attracts a lot of visitors and good prices have been recorded for good quality stock at every sale so far.
An auction sale of this type allows buyers to assess and compare a number of pigs from different herds. The Club organises Card Grading of all pedigree GOS pigs forward so that novice buyers can see how each pig is rated by more experienced breeders (a panel of three breeders award a colour card to each pig including comments on any faults noted). In addition, there is a show held each year, again to help novice keepers.
All entries are handled by the auctioneers, Voyce Pullin & Co. (contact details below), and prospective vendors should contact them for a schedule.
Rare Breed Special Conditions 2016 http://www.voycepullin.co.uk/salesandmarkets/documents/RareBreedSpecialConditions2016_000.pdf
The photos below have been provided by Clifford Freeman
Contacts for different sections:
Mrs Lynne Parkes 01451 830461
Gloucestershire Old Spots Pigs:
Judith Sims 07803290577 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Yvonne Froehlich 01926 651147
Mrs Anne Creed 01453 882923
Mr Chris Voyce / Mr Jon Pullin 01291 680068 / 01454 269486,
Cirencester Livestock Market is located on the A417/419 trunk road approximately 1 mile south of Cirencester. The market is just off this road at Driffield (signposted South Cerney; Ashton Keynes; Cerney Wick etc.). The road itself links the M5 at Gloucester with the M4 at Swindon making this one of the most accessible markets anywhere in the country. Click here for a map.
|Did You Know? The most expensive pig in Britain according to the Guinness Book of Records was Foston Sambo 21, a Gloucestershire Old Spots, which sold at auction in 1994 for 4,000 guineas(£4,200).|