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Welcome to Plum Pudding Pigs - Passionate about pigs - Proud producer of pork

The Plum Pudding Pig Company breeds rare breed Oxford Sandy Black pigs on the top of the Mendips ,an area of outstanding natural beauty with views towards Glastonbury Tor. The Windwhistle herd produces weaners which are birth notified with the British Pig Association.The best are selected to be registered for breeding further litters and the other weaners are then reared to produce succulent pork.

I have always loved pigs of all shapes and sizes and researched the type of pig I wished to keep. It was always going to be a rare breed but which one? After a visit to the Rare Breed Pig Show and Sale, I fell in love with the Oxford Sandy Black.

They are often known as the “Plum Pudding Pig” because they have black blotches all over, reminiscent of the fruit in a plum pudding. They were the pigs that many people used to own and keep in their gardens.

This pig is one of the oldest British pig breeds and is on the endangered list with fewer than 200 breeding sows according to the 2006 survey. Compare this with the more recognised Gloucester Old Spot which is on the at risk category with 600 registered sows. It is, therefore, imperative to keep maintaining this wonderful breed . If breeds are rare and on the endangered list it does not mean that we should not eat them; by eating them we ensure more pigs are bred and the breed survives.

In addition, not all those born in a litter are the best to breed from and therefore they should go for pork. If any of the litter show the best conformation then they will be registered and thus ensure that a good consistent line is continued.

This breed was on the verge of extinction 20 years ago but is now increasing in popularity. The Oxford is a medium to large pig with lop ears. The colours vary from a light sandy colour to a deep ginger with random black patches. The feet are white with a white blaze on the face and a white tassel on the tail.

There are only 4 male and 13 female lines and at Plum Pudding Pigs we have one of the rarer female Gertrude lines.