- Breed Origin Maps
- Agricultural Shows
- Farm Parks
- Extinct Breeds
Oxford Sandy and Black - Pig
Oxford Sandy and Black Details
UsesPorker, cutter, baconer. Scrub and bramble clearance.
ClassSemi Lop-eared, medium length, early maturing, dual-purpose
ColourGround colour ranges from pale sandy to rust. Markings are random black blotches, Unlike the GOS the blac blotches do not have a shadow. Feet are a pale ground colour. The face has a pale blaze or tapir stripe down the forehead and the tail tassel is also pale.
ParentageDerived from local pigs of Oxfordshire. Tamworth and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs may have been used to create or improve some lines
TeatsAt least 12, preferably 14 teats. Boars for breeding should have 14 with 6 before the sheath.
MaleAlexander, Alistair, Clarence, Jack.
FemaleAlison, Clare, Clarissa, Cynthia, Dandy, Duchess, Elsie, Gertrude, Gloria, Iris, Lady, Mary, Sybil.
Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Society
Oxford Sandy and Black Description
Also known as the Plum Pudding pig and Oxford Forest Pig.
Oxford Sandy and Blacks (OSB) are medium sized with an arched back, medium size lop-ears and a slightly dished face. The history of the OSB is very vague and there had not been any consistent registering until 1985 when the current Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Society was founded. It is clear the breed had almost come close to extinction many times in the past, with repeated efforts of regeneration.
Today, the greatest value of the breed is its unique colour and markings, making the Oxford Sandy and Black an attractive proposition for the smallholder wishing to have a few pigs of good appearance yielding enough pork or bacon for a family.
There is a great deal of inconsistency within the breed including colour, length of snout and position of ears, sometimes depending on the rarity of the bloodline.