Gloucestershire Old Spots is a black and white breed that is predominantly
white in colour. In recent years, selection has been towards less
black and now only a spot or two are usually found. The breed also
has a heavy drooped ear.
Gloucestershire Old Spots originated
in the Berkeley Valley region of England and have now spread throughout
the UK. The origin of the breed is unknown but is probably from
the native stock of the area along with introductions of various
In 1855, Youatt and Martin
mentioned there was a native stock in Gloucestershire that was of
an unattractive dirty white colour. The Old Spots are among the
large size pigs in England. At one time, they were called the Orchard
Pig because they were partially raised on windfall apples and whey
- waste agricultural products of the area.
Gloucestershire Old Spots are
said to be good foragers or grazers. This is not surprising considering
the type of feeding practiced in the original home of the breed
during its early development. The sows of the breed are known for
large litters and high milk production. Prolificacy and milk production
have been characteristics sought by practical producers everywhere.
“Once you try Gloucestershire Old Spots
pork you'll turn your back on the tasteless dried up intensively
reared pork forever.” Derek Cooper on the BBC Food Programme