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Tamworth - Pig
UsesCutter, baconer, the Tamworth produces a lean carcass that can be sustained on little.. Scrub and bramble clearance.
OriginTamworth, Staffordshire, England
ClassPrick-eared, inclining slightly forward, long bodied, late maturing, baconer
ColourLight ginger to golden-red
ParentageDebatable and largely unknown.
TeatsAt least 12
MaleDream Boy, Glen, Golden Ball, Golden Ranger, Jasper, Millennium, Ranger, Royal Standard, Yorkshireman.
FemaleGolden Rose, Jacqueline, Lucky Lass, Maple, Melody, Princess, Rita, Roseleaf, Ruby.
Tamworth Pig Breeders Club
Also once known as the Mahogany Pig
The history of the Tamworth, like most pig breeds is clouded in mystery. There are several conflicting opinions as to the true ancestry of the Tamworth although it is likely old English pig breeds local to Staffordshire may dominate its history. The Tamworth is as far as known free from Chinese or Neopolitan influence. Furthermore Oxford Sandy and Blacks may be closely related to the Tamworth.
The Tamworth is a slow maturing, lean pig with sandy or golden-red coat and flesh coloured skin. The carcass dresses white. The ears are upright and rigid, although inclining slightly forward and the face is slightly dished. The back is long, broad and level and slightly arched above the shoulders. The Hams are well developed and deep. Sides are long but only of medium depth, the underline is straight with at least 12 teats held well forward. The energetic, lively nature and moderately long snout of the Tamworth make it a persistent rooter of earth and rather destructive. Tamworth’s make efficient woodland foragers.