All About Tamworth Pigs

Read about why Tamworth pigs are known for their easy-going low maintenance nature and for producing delicious cuts of pork.

  • Tamworth pigs possess distinct, finely textured red coats.
    Photo by Mars Vilaubi
  • Tamworths can be identified by their large ears and long straight snouts.
    Illustration by Elayne Sears
  • According to Sue Weaver’s “Homegrown Pork”, Tamworth pigs are a hardy breed which if kept well can yield choice cuts of pork.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

Homegrown Pork (Storey, 2013) by Sue Weaver offers an outline on successfully raising pigs for modern backyard meat using humane and healthy techniques. Along the way we learn the secret to developing succulent pork which begins with breed choices and ends with an affordable amount of rooting space.

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Type: Bacon
Origin: Central England
Color: Red
Size: Medium to large
Conservation Status: Threatened

Description: The Tamworth is a long-legged, long-bodied, narrow pig with a thick, fine-textured coat; finely fringed, upright ears; and a long, straight snout.

Also colloquially known as the Irish Grazer, the Tamworth is an ancient type that was well established by the British Middle Ages. It’s considered the oldest unimproved breed in Great Britain and takes its name from the village of Tamworth in Staffordshire. Tamworths came to Canada in 1877 and to the United States in 1882.

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