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A traditional British pig breed, originating from the area around the Midland's town of the same name. The Tamworth is recognized today as being the nearest breed to the historic pigs that once foraged in Britain's forests. The breed is still distinguished by its long snout used for this - whereas most modern breeds have shorter noses, coming from 18th century inbreeding with Far Eastern types.

Tamworth's are also recognizable by their red colouring, which also helps protect them from sunburn.

Tamworth's have traditionally been reared for the quality of meat and bacon.

Unfortunately, they aren't favoured by modern factory farmers and they are now listed as 'endangered' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust - who need all the support they can get, For more information contact: Tamworth Breeders Group, Broad Leaze, Boyton, Nr. Warminster, Wilts. BA12 0SS. Tel: 01985-850208. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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