Tamworth & Berkshire Pigs

pigsAt Drumanilra we keep Tamworth and Berkshire breeding sows, Rosie our pedigree Berkshire sow and Dolly our pedigree Tamworth sow. Both breeds are classified as rare, heritage breeds and have a superior flavour and texture distinct from blander–tasting commercial breeds. The Tamworth pig is a dual purpose breed, great for both pork and bacon. A Tamworth / Berkshire cross, known as a “plum-pudding” and characterised by ginger colouring with dark spots, is renowned as one of the best bacon pigs in the world.

Tamworth pigs are descendants of the traditional “Irish Grazer”, a breed native to Ireland. They originated in Sir Robert Peel’s Drayton Manor Estate at Tamworth, Staffordshire, in 1812, after he interbred his own herd with Irish Grazers he had seen in Ireland. The breed is one of the closest to original European wild forest swine. Hardy and resilient, thanks to their thick, coarse coats, both breeds are ideally-suited to living outdoors all year round in our less than gentle climate.

pigs-2Our pigs spend most of their lives outdoors or loose, in covered pens, for farrowing. They are free to forage in the fields and live on a diet of grass, vegetable waste from our polytunnels, and certified organic and GM free pig nuts.