A large, long-legged pig with a longish ginger coat, long snout and prick ears. A plough on legs.

It is probably the closest breed to the indigenous pig, since it has not been “improved” by the addition of Chinese and Neapolitan blood.

Tamworth weanersTamworth weaners

Sows are milky and good mothers; the breed is hardy and of all the native breeds, it is the most resistant to sunburn.

Tamworth boarTamworth boar. Photo: Marji Beach

The conformation of the breed lends itself to long sides of bacon and big hams.

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Rosemary lives on a 12 acre smallholding in Angus, in the east of Scotland, where she keeps Ryeland Sheep, Shetland cattle and assorted poultry. She was destined to be a smallholder from an early age.

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