Gloucestershire Old Spots Pigs

 

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Gloucestershire Old spots (GOS) history

GOS are a historic pig breed developed in Gloucestershire, England in the 1800's.  They are large white pigs with black spots and floppy ears that hang forward over their eyes, like built in sun visors.  They are known for their docile temperament and fantastic mothering skills. They are easy keepers who make great foragers and grazers  These pigs were once known as "cottage pigs" or "orchard pigs."  

GOS were first imported to the United States in the early 1900's, and although they were never a popular breed here in America, they did contribute to the development of several American pig breeds.  GOS reached their peak of popularity in Great Britain after World War I when their naturally lean meat made them the pork of choice.  The agricultural shift to mass production of pork resulted in near extinction of the breed in Britain in the 1960's.  By the 1990's the GOS was all but extinct in the US and in 1995 efforts began to bring this breed back with the import of 20 piglets from Great Britain.  The breed is still rare today though interest in them is growing.

 

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GOS Piglets

Pictured above is our sow, Pippy.  This is her second litter of piglets.  Ten babies this time.  She's a great mama and always friendly.

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gos/Red wattle piglets

We are experimenting this year with the addition of Red Wattle/GOS crosses.  This is the first litter.  


We often have breeding stock and feeder piglets for sale.  Please contact us to see what is available.