Lard pigs develop a nice layer of back fat and also have a wonderful marbling in their meat. Some of the best tasting pork and bacon are from GOS pigs.
Unlike industrial breeds, these pigs were bred to live and farrow (give birth) on pasture so they are an ideal outdoor breed that is tough and hardy. They do well in a forest environment also.
Old Spots are placid and easily managed.
They are excellent and prolific mothers.
History of the Breed
GOS pigs are the oldest spotted pedigree breed of pig in the world. Also known as the Cottage pig or Orchard pig, this heritage breed is originally from the UK where they were popular with small family farms and raised on dairy by-products (such as whey) and orchard "drop fruit."
Once revered for their high-fat yield, the GOS pigs were an important producer of flavorful meats, lard, and bristle hair.
With the shift in dietary trends, the demand for lard-producing pigs decreased. Coupled with the Post WWII industrialization of agriculture, farmers were less interested in self-sufficient grazing breeds than they were in breeds easily kept indoors.
The Old Spots breed was re-established in the US in 1996 with the importation of 20 piglets from the UK. Today, GOS Pig Breeders United serves as a registry. Click on button below for their site to find more details on the history of GOS pigs or to find breeders.
Breeding Stock For Sale
We will add breeding stock to the website as they become available. Please contact us to reserve your gilt or boar.
Freezer Pork For Sale
We will have a limited number of animals available.
Purchase 1/2 or whole hog.
Please email to inquire about availability.
and Daisy Mae (left) getting some zzzzzzz's
Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS) Pigs
We did a lot of research of heritage pigs before deciding to purchase two GOS gilts, LullaBelle and Daisy Mae in the Spring of 2014. We knew we wanted better tasting meat from pasture raised pigs and these two were the ticket! Both gilts are very friendly and love to be scratched!
Just like their ancestors, our pigs are raised on pasture and fed fresh fruit and vegetables from our farm and other sources, local brewers grains, and whey from our Jersey cow. We also supplement with probiotics and natural wormers.
LullaBelle and Daisy Mae are both bred to farrow this summer, early June amd early July!
We sell breeding stock, feeder pigs, and freezer pork.
Click here to email for information on available piglets and reserve yours today!
For Pedigree information, click on names below: