Love My Breed: Glou­cestershire Old Spots Pigs

We asked Hobby Farms readers to tell us what they love about Glou­cestershire Old Spots, a docile pig with excellent meat. Check out what one keeper had to say!

by Hobby Farms HQ
PHOTO: Chris & Mavis Newton

We asked you to tell us about your beloved livestock breeds, and you answered. Connecticut farmers Chris & Mavis Newton wrote in to tell us all about keeping the Glou­cestershire Old Spots breed of pigs!

We really enjoy the docile nature of Glou­cestershire Old Spots pigs. Both the sows and boars are mildly tempered.

The sows typically have large liters, and they deliver with ease. They make really good mothers. The meat quality from Glou­cestershire Old Spots is exceptional with excellent marbling, which enhances the flavor.

We will definitely continue to raise registered Old Spots for many years. 

—Chris & Mavis Newton, Baldwin Brook Farm, Canterbury, Connecticut

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Hobby Farms magazineEmail us your thoughts (~250 words) and a photo of you and your livestock to (subject line: I Love My Livestock!). We’ll publish our favorites in upcoming issues. 

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