Breed Profile: Tamworth Hog

The Tamworth hog is a long, narrow breed with a thick coat that reach 600 to 800 pounds full-grown.

| January 24, 2014

  • Colloquially known as the Irish Grazer, the Tamworth is an ancient type that was well established by the British Middle Ages.
    Photo by Mars Vilaubi
  • Tamworths are active, intelligent pigs that don’t adapt well to confinement.
    Illustration by Elayne Sears
  • “Homegrown Pork” by Sue Weaver is a comprehensive guide explaining how to humanely and safely raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

Homegrown Pork (Storey Publishing, 2013) by Sue Weaver guides you through the process of choosing a flavorful pig breed and instructs you on formulating a proper diet and providing safe and comfortable living quarters for your backyard animal. The following breed profile for the Tamworth hog is from chapter 4, “Breeds.”

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Tamworth Hog

Type: Bacon

Origin: Central England

Color: Red

Size: Medium to large

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