Four female piglets arrived in Muthill at just 6 weeks old in 2017, they originated from Barnsnap Champion herd of Pedigree Oxford and Sandy Black Pigs in West Sussex, with a view to increase the rare breed numbers here in Scotland, and to create a greater geographical distance from their original genetic bloodline when breeding with them.
The animals graze all year round outside in woodland and in a grass paddock, rooting around as pigs are meant to do and creating their own delightful muddy wallows. Their feed is non-GM and they enjoy over a tonne of homegrown apples every autumn.
We are delighted to be able to try out the meat here – it fits perfectly with our idea of local, free-range, field to fork ethos and so Fabrice has been up to his elbows in pork in various forms – some a bit experimental – and some more traditional, remembered from helping his grandparents on their farm many years ago.
For anyone interested further reading on the Oxford and Sandy Black rare breed is available here:
And this may also be of interest: