In October 2019, we brought the boer Basil (GOS + a dash of Saddleback), and his mates, pure GOS sisters Saffron and Ginger, onto the farm. The Gloucestershire Old Spot is a hardy breed, and this trio prefers sleeping under the stars or under the protection of our Scottish pines, even more than in their shelter. Gentle giants, they may look slow and heavy, due to their broad, deep bodies, but they are very quick on their feet when they hear farmer Gillies bringing their breakfast! The GOS is on the Rare Breed Survival Trust‘s Watchlist, and you can learn more about them on their website.
“The Gloucestershire Old Spots was the first breed of any species in the world to be accorded Traditional Speciality Guaranteed status by the EU Commission in recognition of the special qualities of its meat.” -(RBST)
Our 3 pigs live together as much as possible, except when we have to separate Basil from his girls to give them a rest from his attentions, or while the girls are raising young ones. Even when apart, we make sure they can always visit through the fence, as pigs are social creatures, and form close bonds.