Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs are incredibly rare with only 869 breeding animals in the UK. There are 15 female blood lines and only 4 male blood lines in the Gloucestershire Old Spots. We keep 2 of the female lines and a male line.
Gloucestershire Old Spots were the first breed of pig to be kept at Edfords when we opened in 2014 but unfortunately our sow was unable to produce litters so she was rehomed, After 2 years without this wonderful breed on the farm Chris decided that he would like to bring them back to Edfords and set about building an area in the woodland where all our pigs could live. We now have three GOS girls named, Delores, Florence and Penelope, they were born in June 2016 and have been here since they were 8 weeks old, we are spending plenty of time with them and are sure they will be as friendly as our adult Large Blacks very soon.
There is a theme with the animals we keep which is mentioned on each page about the livestock we keep and that is the fact that they are here to preserve their breed and make sure none of them end up in the precarious position many have been in the past. In order to preserve these breeds we have to select the best of each litter and find them homes where likeminded people want to work with the breeds we keep and continue with the work started many years ago by people equally as passionate.
This does mean that to ensure only the best animals are used for future breeding, anything not considered to be up to the breeding standard is either sold on or kept on here for meat production, for details about this side of Edfords please go to the Meat Sales Page.