Rare Breed Pigs
Some of our pig breeds are now so endangered that there is a serious risk of losing our heritage pigs forever. With only 8 genetic lines, fewer than 360 breeding sows and fewer than a hundred boars, the British Lop-eared pig is more rare than the Siberian tiger or giant panda. The Berkshire pig, once called the ‘Royal Pig’ because it was so favoured by Queen Victoria, is nearly as rare as the British Lop-eared pig. Sadly neither of these breeds are popular with commercial pig farmers. It is only because of a few dedicated breeders that they survive to this day.
Picket Lane Nursery has joined that dedicated band of breeders with the intention of breeding these rare breeds to sell to enthusiasts and help secure the future of these animals.
We have a British Lop-eared sow and a number of Berkshire pigs who are permanent members of staff at the nursery. No other animal has the ability to convert thistles and weeds into the very best bacon in the world. Added to these, we often small numbers of Middle-Whites and Oxford Sandys (another two members of the ‘Rare Breeds’).
Because of the scarcity of each breed, we do have to ensure that a boar is not closely related to the sows. Until recently, our sows needed to be transported great distances for breeding which is stressful to the sow and puts her pregnancy at risk. Now we have ‘Boris the Boar’
We sell our pigs in three ways:
First, as the piglet are weaned, we offer them for sale to other enthusiasts.
If you want your own pig for pork but have no facilities, you can buy a piglet and we will look after it for you. You pay for its feed, and a small handling charge.
And, we sell pork, either half or whole pig, delivered to your door. Because these are ‘real’ pigs, you will be in for great treat. Not the cardboard you get from the supermarket, but succulent, moist pork and the very best crackling.