Protectedfoods loves the Pork word TSG 2010. This is another example of treating your animals well, Gloucestershire Old Spots must be reared using traditional farming methods. Outdoor reared with plenty of land to root about in, a wallow hole and dry warm shelter to kip in.
They eat well too, beet, fruit, veg and low protein cake. As a traditional unimproved breed they are allowed to grow at their own pace unlike your average supermarket pork.These were the pigs painted in oil on canvas with tiny legs and huge bodies. This one was said to be the largest pig ever bred in Britain, it was a bit of an exaggeration to say the least.
The breed has been around for centuries and hasn’t changed much over the years. They were almost lost to history a few years back and were on the endangered list. Thanks to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and the Glouscester Old Spot Spots Breeders Club their future is secure. They have some famous fans too, Tom Parker Bowles, Adam Henson (Country file) and Charles Campion (Food writer and Masterchef judge).
The meat is so succulent thanks to good amount of fat, please don’t be put off by fat on meat it’s full of flavour and keeps the meat moist.
There’s new evidence to say that animal fat is not as bad for us as once thought, just you watch in a few years time we’ll all be using dripping again (I’ve already started but that’s another story).
If you can buy free range pork please do, the more of us that buy it the cheaper it will become, the better our food will taste and the happier the pigs will be.
Lots of info here, compliance notes and above from the breeders club.
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