The Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS) is a critically endangered
breed: fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and
estimated global population less than 2,000. Along with the Red
Wattle, they are the rarest pig breed Heritage Foods sells. We must
eat these pigs and create a market for them in order to save them.
The breed was developed in the Berkeley Vale of Gloucestershire,
England, during the 1800s where they often grazed in the fruit
orchards and ate up the fallen fruit. GOS became rare after World
War II, when the shift to intensive pig production reduced interest
in outdoor pigs. The breed almost became extinct in the 1960s. Help
us save the Gloucestershire Old Spot!
The GOS has the milkiest fat of any pig breed we have ever tasted.
Each pig has a distinct layer of backfat and marbling within the
meat making it the bacon pig of choice for many. The GOS is also a
favorite of farmers who appreciate the breed's intellect and
docility. Both Good Farms and Lazy S. Farms supply GOS pigs to
All our pork is from pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free
animals. They are raised with care using traditional methods
guaranteed to produce the very best tasting meat.
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