All About Tamworth Pigs

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

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.

Tamworths are active, intelligent pigs that don’t adapt well to confinement.
They are, however, good-natured, extremely hardy, and superb
foragers that do exceptionally well in outdoor situations. They thrive on
low-energy foods such as pasture, acorns, and other woodland browse
and are vigorous rooters. Adults reach 600 to 800 pounds in 2 years.
Grower pigs reach slaughtering weight of 250 to 260 pounds in 5 or 6
months and yield meat that is firm textured but not tough, and nicely
marbled but lean.

Read more from Homegrown Pork:

Healthy Hereford Pigs
Guide to Kunekune Pork

Excerpted from Homegrown Pork© by Sue Weaver, photography © by Mars Vilaubi and illustration © by Elayne Sears, used with permission from Storey Publishing. Buy this book from our store: Homegrown Pork.

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