Tamworth pigs at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park
Sus scrofa domesticus
The Tamworth pig has a coat that is a distinctive ginger. A long legged, lean pig, they have prick ears a long snout and alert expression.
It’s is a very hardy animal with the ginger coat protecting them from sunburn.
The Tamworth is a docile pig but it is more active than many rare breed pigs and requires strong fencing.
History of the Tamworth pig
The Tamworth is considered Britain’s oldest pure breed and is similar in appearance to the Old English Forest Pig.
Of all the native breeds the Tamworth experienced the least influence from imports of Asian pigs during the 18th and 19th centuries.
There are differing theories as to how the breed originally developed with one theory being the breed was influenced by the import of red pigs from Barbados.
The breed was developed in the Midlands but it never became as popular as other pig breeds.
The Tamworth is particularly hardy and so is used in colder climates, such as Scotland and Canada
Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is proud to be a member of the RBST, whose mission is to ensure we do not lose the diversity of our native breeds. They do this through a programme of monitoring, saving and promoting the breeding & registration of rare and native breeds.
Meet some more of our rare breeds
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