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Gloucester Old Spot

A large lop-eared pig variety, originating in the area around the Severn Valley. Old Spots were traditionally-raised as orchard pigs, on windfalls and whey, by products of local agricultural enterprises. Exportation of the breed to the U.S.A. in the early 1900's led to them helping tp develop the Spotted Poland China breed.

Pigs are white in colour, with a varying number of black spots, anywhere on the body. Old Sots are famous for the quality of their meat.

Unfortunately, they don't grow quickly enough to satisfy factory farming methods, and only about 530 breeding females survive. For more information contact: The British Pig Association, Scotsbridge House, Scots Hill, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3BB. Tel: 01923-695295. or the Breeders' Group: Carol Knights, 2 St. Johns Road, Stansted, Essex, CM24 8JP. Tel: 07768-368053. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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