Gloucestershire Old Spots
In the spring of 2010, Rossi Farm purchased three registered Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs to start our new heritage pork program. From that original stock we kept one sow and in 2017 purchased three new sows and a new boar. Our sows come from green, red and blue color groups and our boar is from the green group.
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.
We have piglets available for purchase during both spring and fall seasons. All our piglets are kept with the sows for a minimum of 5 weeks. We offer purebred registered GOS as well as crosses of GOS x Large Black and GOS x Tamworth. It is our priority that all piglets that come from our farm are sold to farms who will raise them with in an outdoor/pasture based system that allows the heritage breeds to thrive. We prefer to sell our piglets in groups of 4 or larger as keeping groups together reduces stress for the piglets. Contact us if you are interested in reserving piglets from our upcoming liters.
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. Our pork is USDA processed and available in a variety of cuts including rib chops, loin chops, bacon, country ribs, spare ribs, ham steaks, roasts, ground pork, breakfast sausage, spicy Italian sausage, mild Italian sausage and kielbasa. Pork can be purchased in 10 lb bulk packages which includes a variety of cuts for $100, email us to setup your order. We also occasionally offer whole and half hogs to be custom butchered.