Heritage Breed Pigs
Gloucestershire Old Spot
Gloucestershire Old Spots
In the spring of 2010, Rossi Farm purchased three registered Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs to start our new heritage pork program.
The Gloucestershire Old Spots is a heritage breed of pig and currently on the "Critical" List by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy meaning there are fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and estimated fewer than 2000 global population. Gloucestershire Old Spots are known for their foraging abilities, gentle temperament and great maternal instincts.
Our Tamworth sow, Lucky, joined our herd in 2014. She has since produced us many successful liters and added some great characteristics to our heritage breed program. Tamworth hogs are considered a "bacon breed" meaning they are longer than many other breeds which means more bacon. Tamworths can be recognized by their red color and upright ears. Tamworths are active foragers and extremely intelligent.
Large Black hogs are the most recent breed addition to our heritage hog program. Bridget our Large Black sow came to us in 2016. Large Blacks are known for their large size and very mild temperament. Like our other breeds they thrive living outdoors. Their black coloration protects them from sunburn and helps keep them warm in the winters.
Heritage Breed Pork
The meat of heritage breed hogs is known to have greater flavor and is typically darker in color than commercial pork. It is nothing like the "other white meat" pork sold in most supermarkets.