ROWLAND HILLS FARM

Great Pyrenees puppies born May 22,2017.  
Visit our Great Pyrenees  page for details!
Gloucestershire Old Spot breedstock and feeder piglets available.
Now taking pork reservations! Visit our Old Spot  page for details.

    Gloucestershire Old Spots are a heritage breed pig, white with black spots, that produce delicious large portions of lean meat.  They are great foragers and grazers with a docile personality.  The sows are excellent mothers and great producers of large litters of piglets.  The sows mature at a weight of approximately 500 lbs and the boars mature around 600 lbs.  They likely originally came from an unimproved Berkshire and the Gloucestershire (a large off white pig without spots), both which are now extinct.  It's exact origins though, are unknown.  They were developed in Gloucestershire, England in the 1800's and according to British folklore, the black spots are the result of apples falling, causing bruising as they foraged under the trees. 
    The breeds numbers fell after World War II and even more so in the 1960's, nearly becoming extinct,  as pig farming moved in a different direction.  Their numbers since then, however, have been slowly increasing.  They were imported into the US in the 1900's but were nearly extinct here by the 1990's until the Kelmscott Farm Foundation of Lincolnville, Maine imported twenty piglets in effort to re-establish the breed.  In 2009, there were less than 1000 in Great Britian and less than 200 breed stock pigs in the US.  The support of the British Royal Family, who still favors pork from the Gloucestershire Old Spots to this day, is notable. 
    We decided to raise this breed of pigs based on its disposition and its self sufficiency of being able to thrive on and raise piglets on pasture.  We were however completely won over after tasting the meat for the first time.  It was unlike any pork we had ever tasted.  
   We have thoroughly enjoyed raising our pigs and look forward to many years to come raising the Old Spots here.  Visitors that are familiar with the disposition of other breeds of pigs often comment on how unbelievable it is that our nearly fully mature boar and sow are both so calm and accepting of us being so close to them, let alone petting them.  That is perhaps one of our favorite things though.  To be able to spend a little time with them, perhaps even spoiling them ever so slightly.  
CURRENT BREED STOCK AVAILABILITY

GILTS:   We have one gilt available born on December 26, 2016 (See photo on right) Please call for more information.  Sold

We have a new litter born 06/04/2017. The best will be sold as breedstock and are now available for pickup.  Males will only remain intact for a short period of time so call now to reserve a boar!  

*Registered breeders $300.00 ($100 deposit required if reserving prior to pickup).
*Unregistered breedstock $225.00
*Feeder piglets $125. 
Contact us  for more information.

Piglets available for pick up now.  Reserve with a deposit of $50.  Balance due at pickup. 

PORK AVAILABILITY

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Please call for availability as some items may not be available at all times. 
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DECEMBER 18, 2016

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FRESH PORK NOW AVAILABLE!
PLEASE CONTACT US TO RESERVE YOUR FRESH, USDA INSPECTED, NON GMO, SOY FREE, HORMONE AND ANTIBIOTIC FREE PORK TODAY. ALL PRODUCTS ARE ALSO NITRATE AND NITRITE FREE INCLUDING SMOKED BACON, JOWL, AND HOTDOGS! (CELERY JUICE USED FOR PROCESSING)

June 01, 2017
We are currently sold out of bacon but please check back for updates on when it will be available again!

September 04, 2017
Make your Reservation now!  We are now reserving whole and half pigs!  So, why reserve? This is a great way to save money!  You also get to choose how the meat gets processed and can have it packaged the way you want.  Ordering this way is a cost savings of 5%-20%!  And our pigs are raised on pasture and in the woods without antibiotics or chemical dewormers, without chemicals added to the land, supplemented with non-GMO, soy-free feed, and processed without nitrates or nitrites at a USDA certified and inspected facility so it is a healthier choice for your family.  Call today to make your resevation!

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