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Pig Fact 1
THE CUMBERLAND:
The Cumberland, a lop-eared, coarse-boned pig, slow to mature like the Old English variety, finally died out in the 1960's although it had become very scarce early in the century. It was almost always a white pig, but as always there were other regional varieties. This very fat, heavy-shouldered pig had been greatly valued for the excellence of its hams, bacon and sausages - many recipes for these popular products still bear the Cumberland name today.

"The sight of pigs with their noses in the trough does a man more good than any Methodist sermon." ~Augustus Whiffle

(THE OLD PIG, A WITTY AND TRADITIONAL VIEW, Martin Wiscombe)

Pig Fact 2
CLOUCESTER OLD SPOT

Very popular with the farmers and smallholders from the Vale of Berkeley, in Gloucestershire, these spotted pigs were kept in paddocks and orchards, and sometimes referred to as 'the Orchard Pig'. Officially knows as Gloucester Old Spots, This pig has had a short history, the breed society first being formed in 1914. In recent times it has been fashionable to breed these pigs with just one or two spots and it should nowadays have lop ears.

"Man is more nearly like the pig, then the pig would like to admit." ~Anonymous

Pig Fact 3
THE MIDDLE WHITE

This pig has a very Oriental look about him and arose from the Yorkshire variety, along with the Large and Small White. Pigs of this type were first exhibited by Joseph Tuley, in 1852. In the 1930's three Middle Whites were exported to Japan, where more than 3,000 of their progeny were registered, and a memorial erected to them. The Emperor declared that he would never eat any other pork than the Middle White.

The breed enjoyed a long period of popularity up until the middle of the twentieth century, but is now quite rare.

"The pig if I am not mistaken
Supplies us sausage, ham and bacon
Let others say his heart is big
I call it stupid of the pig."
~Odgen Nash

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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Pig Fact 2
CLOUCESTER OLD SPOT

Very popular with the farmers and smallholders from the Vale of Berkeley, in Gloucestershire, these spotted pigs were kept in paddocks and orchards, and sometimes referred to as 'the Orchard Pig'. Officially knows as Gloucester Old Spots, This pig has had a short history, the breed society first being formed in 1914. In recent times it has been fashionable to breed these pigs with just one or two spots and it should nowadays have lop ears.

"Man is more nearly like the pig, then the pig would like to admit." ~Anonymous

Pig Fact 3
THE MIDDLE WHITE

This pig has a very Oriental look about him and arose from the Yorkshire variety, along with the Large and Small White. Pigs of this type were first exhibited by Joseph Tuley, in 1852. In the 1930's three Middle Whites were exported to Japan, where more than 3,000 of their progeny were registered, and a memorial erected to them. The Emperor declared that he would never eat any other pork than the Middle White.

The breed enjoyed a long period of popularity up until the middle of the twentieth century, but is now quite rare.

"The pig if I am not mistaken
Supplies us sausage, ham and bacon
Let others say his heart is big
I call it stupid of the pig."
~Odgen Nash

Pig Fact 4
BAKEWELL'S PIG

Named after Robert Bakewell, who became famous for his experiments in pig breeding, this is one of the earliest recorded attempts to produce an 'improved' pig. Bakewell crossed the dark chestnut with a rusty red, then brought in a celebrated black boar, to sire a pig of mixed colouring. This pig may have been the source of the old-fashioned 'plum pudding' type once common in Leicestershire.

The Bakewell was described by John M. Wilson, as having 'its belly nearly touching the ground and its eyes and snout looking as if they were almost absorbed into the body.'

"The pig has about him a natural, pleasant, bail-fellow well-met air, devoid of servility or insolence, which endears him to the English sensibility." ~W.H. Hudson, naturalist

Pig Fact 5
DORSET BLACK

Both the Dorset Black and later the Imporved Dorset, were bred by Fredrick and John Coates, from Sturminster Newton in Dorset, in the nineteenth century. These small breeds were prone to become over-fat, and the Black Dorset was described as 'roly-poly', and was said to be so obese that it could scarcely walk-- young pigs sometimes suffocated through over feeding. When the taste for leaner pork began to make itself felt these breeds quickly died out.

"To market, to market,
To buy a fat pig
Home again, home again,
Jiggety jig!

To market, to market,
To buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again,
Jiggety jog!

Pig Fact 6
OLD CHESHIRE

Acknowledged by most authorities to be the largest pig breed, the Cheshire could weigh in at around 1,000 obs when two years old, and in 1740 one was recorded at 1,605 lbs. they were originally bred in Cheshire, and belonged to the 'Old English' late-maturing type of animal, used almost exclusively for bacon production. The meat from such pigs would have had a very high fat content, 'fat bacon' being a much sought-after commodity in former times. The Old Cheshire was clearly declining in numbers by the end of the nineteenth century, and it is now sadly extinct.

"Whose three hogs are these,
Whose three hogs are these:
They are John Cooke's, I know
them by their looks

I found them in the pease
Go pound them, go pound them,
I dare not for my life,
No, for thou know'st John Cooke
very well,
But better thou know'st his wife
~Traditional

Pig Fact 7
OLD YORKSHIRE

An original English pig of the Large variety, closely related to pigs from Lancashire and Linconlnshire - colouring was variable, but basically white - it was in fact the forerunner of the Large White. In 1858, the winning boar at Chester weighed in at 1,148 lbs. The Old Yorkshire was used almost exclusively for bacon.

"No man should be allowed to be President, who does not understand hogs." ~Harrt Truman



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