The Tamworth breed

Tamworth is one of the oldest pig breeds in the world and is a close match to the old English forest pig. It’s a direct descendent of the European wild boar and still holds on to many of its characteristics, such as the long snout and prick ears.

Unlike many other British breeds the Tamworth avoided much of the cross breeding with Asian pigs that occurred several hundred years ago. As a result, Tamworth genetics are found to be far removed from all other breeds in the UK, such as Middle White, Gloucester Old Spot and Saddleback – a fact underlying its unique eating quality and depth of flavour.

It is a hardy, slow growing breed, which excels outdoors on our Warwickshire free-range farm. Most importantly for us the pork from Tamworth pigs is second-to-none, and raising Tamworth pigs for meat is the best way to safeguard the breed’s future.