Wm. H. Buckley Farm we raise Tamworth and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. They are raised in our open pastures during the summer months and brought inside to our piggery during the winter. We always have piglets on the farm, so be sure to ask to see them when you visit.
The Tamworth is one of the oldest pig breeds. It is the most direct descendant of the native pig stock of Europe that in turn descended from wild boars. The breed originated in the Midlands of England and takes the name of the town Tamworth in Staffordshire.
The Gloucestershire Old Spot or GOS, descended from a region in Gloucestershire, England known as the Vale of Berkeley. Recognized as the oldest pedigree spotted pig in the world, the GOS was once popular with small family farms, where they were raised on dairy by-products (such as whey) and orchard “drop fruit,” giving these pigs the nicknames “cottage pig” and “orchard pig.”
Our pigs are pastured raised, hormone and antibiotic free. They are fed an all-natural diet consisting of all natural grain and green grasses. By eating a diet naturally suited for pigs and allowing them in open spaces, we raise a healthier pig.
Pastured pork has higher levels of vitamin E, healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and many other nutrients than conventionally raised pork. The end result is leaner, tastier, healthier and more nourishing food for you. Pasture pork nutritional benefits include:
- Lower in calories
- Lower in fat and most importantly saturated fat
- Healthier balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats
- Higher vitamin E content
- Higher amounts of naturally occurring CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
Pastured pork offers one of the most dramatic flavor and texture contrasts between the products of industrial production. Pastured pork meat has a good fat cover and is well marbled, which makes it easy to cook (because it doesn’t dry out).